Pre Workout, Harmless or Harmful?

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Your alarm goes off and you have a workout planned for your morning, but you have no energy. Pre workout is calling your name. Is pre workout a harmless energy boost? Or could it be doing more harm than good? Let’s dive deeper…..

According to Medical News Today, some short term side effects of taking pre workout can include nausea, jitters, skin reactions, dehydration and insomnia. Common ingredients in pre workout can include beta-alanine, caffeine, citrulline, tyrosine, taurine, creatine and niacin. While many individuals can consume these ingredients and experience no side effects, some may react in a negative way.

Are there long term effects to taking pre workout? Unfortunately many supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) so it’s hard to say what long term effects are possible. Nicholas Paivanas MD of MedStar Health writes that he has seen patients experience “high blood pressure, heart palpitations, liver toxicity and Rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle fibers and tissue” stemming from their intake of workout supplements. Again, everyone is different. This blog is not to scare you away from taking pre workout! It is always just good to be cautious and to know the possibilities of what you’re taking.

Looking for a natural alternative to pre workout for an energy boost in the morning? Try green tea if you need a caffeine boost without the jitters. Or try some carbs for some fuel! A banana or oatmeal before your workout can help supply your body with energy to power through your workout in a more natural way! Even some fruit in the morning supplies your body with some natural sugars to get you going.

It can be tempting to use supplements to help you on your fitness journey. And while some may not ever experience anything negative from taking these supplements, it is important to look into the ingredients that are in any products you’re taking. Be cautious and aware of how you feel when taking supplements and if you experience side effects it might be a good idea to do without it.

If it works for you, that’s great! Everyone is different. While getting a workout in without that extra boost might be difficult, it might be better for you in the long run. As always, consult your doctor before taking any supplements and about any serious health concerns!

Autumn Brendle