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The Wrong and Right Ways to Use a Workout Bar

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When you reach for a yummy workout bar, you probably don’t give much thought to whether you are using the bar in the right manner. After all, you are eating it in place of a sugary, fatty snack, so you must be on the right track, right? Well, the answer is “probably not.” If you are not eating these bars at the right times, and for the right reasons, you won’t get any benefits from eating them. Let’s take a closer look at the wrong and right ways to use these bars.

The Wrong Way

The wrong way to use these bars is easy—don’t use them as a total meal replacement all of the time. Instead, add them into your daily diet in appropriate places, which we will discuss in the next section of this article. Another wrong way to use these bars is to eat them for all of your daily snacks. These bars are packed full of different proteins, carbs, and nutrients. However, they are not made to be munched on twelve times a day. Finally, another wrong way to use these bars is to depend on them to lose weight. These are not weight-loss bars. They are not going to melt away the pounds. They need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan.

The Right Way

Now, on to the right ways to use these bars. As mentioned, these bars need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan. So, don’t depend solely on the bars to help you lose weight. Also, don’t depend on the bars as a meal replacement every day of the week. Instead, add the bars where they will be must useful during the day—before and after a workout. They are, after all, workout bars, so they need to be utilized as such. These bars are not “snack” bars. They are meant to fuel your body with necessary nutrients. When is the best time for fueling? Before and after a workout!

Using these bars before a workout will give your body everything it needs to get through the workout, no matter how grueling it may be. Then, after the workout, you can gnaw on another bar or the other half of your bar. This will help replenish everything your body lost during the workout. It will also keep that metabolism working properly, so when you do sit down for a meal, your body handles the  calories the right way.

So, there you have it—the wrong and right ways to use these kinds of bars. It is rather simple—t use them before and after workouts. Now, if you do need a quick pick-me-up every once in a while during the day, you can eat a bar. Just try not to make it a habit. There is no magic bar that is going to get your body fit and trim. Instead, pay attention to your diet and exercise plan, and you will soon see results.

To learn more about nutrition and exercise, contact us today at Promax Nutrition.

How to Get the Most from Your Next Workout

Working out — it is something that we all should be doing in order to live long and healthy lives. Unfortunately, many people do not work out enough. Others simply do not do a workout at all. Still others work out, but they aren’t working out in the manner that is best. For instance, they may be trying to lift too much, instead of starting slow and gradually progressing up in weight.. Promax is here to help you get the most out of your next workout because, let’s face it, our effective protein bars can fuel your workout, but they can’t do the workout for you!.

Make a Workout Work for You

Before we get into the tips for making your workout work for you, the first thing you have to do is come up with a workout plan. You may need a trainer to help you get started, but the important thing is that have a plan of attack that will help you to achieve your desired goals. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking action towards a long, healthy life, and strategize a game plan! Here are some ways to get more from your workout:

– Wear the right shoes. You may think that a pair of running shoes is perfect for every type of workout. You would be wrong. Running shoes are just that — made for running. So, if running is your workout of choice, or if it is a part of your overall workout plan, make sure you wear running shoes. Cross trainers are fine for lifting weights when you are at the gym, but these kinds of shoes are heavier than running shoes, and they don’t offer the same amount of support and cushioning. Choose running shoes for runs longer than 2 miles, choose Training shoes for your gym floor and boot camp workouts and for interval running.

– Know when to replace your shoes. Speaking of shoes, the average person can get about 400 miles out of a pair of running shoes. If you are on the heavier side, you can expect to get fewer miles before the midsoles have become too worn. Know exactly when you started using your shoes, then keep a running estimate of how many miles the shoes have. When you reach about 400 miles, it is time to buy shoes to ensure that your feet are always properly supported. Even if you don’t ever reach 400 miles, the man made materials of athletic shoes break down over time simply by being exposed to air. If your shoes are older than 6 months – irrespective of usage time – it’s time to spoil yourself with a new pair!

– Be consistent. Just like you had to choose a workout plan, you need to choose a time when working out will fit into your schedule. Research is conflicting; some suggest morning workouts when cortisol is high, and some suggest evening workouts to alleviate the stress from the day. Sometimes it’s just hard to arrange your workout at a convenient time. Therefore, the best time of day to work out is the time of day that you’ll actually do it! However, as long as you are getting off the couch and moving on a regular basis, the timing doesn’t really matter. Create a workout schedule that gives you the right amount of exercise at the time of day that is best for your busy schedule.

– Make sure you warm up before working out. This doesn’t necessarily mean stretching. What you want to do is get your body to a higher intensity level than when it is resting — but not as high as when you are working out. The name “warm up” is really misnomer. The goal of a warm up is to prepare your body metabolically for your workout. Take 10 minutes and gradually increase your heart rate through movement drills, walking or jogging around the block, or hoping on a piece of cardio equipment.

Contact us today at Promax to learn more about working out, fueling your body, and how our delicious, protein  bars can be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle. 

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