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SPONSORED: Discover four brilliant benefits of pre-workout energy drinks – PLUS enter now to win a Herbalife hamper.

Ready to witness the fitness? Active individuals are increasingly turning to pre-workout energy drinks to help them get the most out of their workouts and achieve the results they want. A pre-workout energy drink with the right ingredients can give you the boost you need to perform at your best.

To maximise your drink’s efficiency and reap its benefits, you need to consider three important things: having your pre-workout drink at the right time, consuming the recommended dose and staying hydrated.

Aim to have your pre-workout drink 15 to 30 minutes before you start exercising, especially if your chosen formula contains caffeine, which will kick in around the 15 to 45-minute mark. Caffeine has a half-life of about five hours, meaning you’ll still have half of it left in your system five hours after you’ve taken it. Be sure to factor this in when planning your workout as it could affect your sleep if you drink it too late in the day.

When it comes to dosage, always stick to package recommendations, which is usually one scoop. However, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, start with half the dose and assess your tolerance – you can always add more next time if you feel fine during your training session.

Hydration is still key. Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising to reduce dehydration, fatigue and a lack of focus during your workout.

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Find out how and why sipping on one of these beverages can help you stay the course:

1. Enhanced focus and mental readiness

Routine is a key ingredient of any successful workout schedule. And a pre-workout ritual helps get you in the right frame of mind for the exertions to come. When you engage in preparing for your workout by getting changed into your gear, sipping on a pre-workout drink or even driving to the gym, you’re making the mental switch into exercise mode.

This increased focus on your physical self increases engagement and helps you get the most out of the mental benefits offered by exercise.

2. Increased energy

Caffeine is one of the preferred ingredients in pre-workout drinks. It’s a stimulant, which means it may improve mental alertness, accelerate your body’s fat-burning ability during workouts and give you a slight edge in terms of performance.

Most pre-workout drinks contain between 150 mg and 300 mg caffeine, which is equivalent to about three cups of coffee. If you want to avoid ingesting too much caffeine, it’s best to opt for one with lower levels or look for a more natural alternative.

3. Improved endurance

There’s a direct relationship between fatigue and endurance. When you can damp down the mechanisms that cause fatigue, you automatically increase endurance.

The caffeine in pre-workout drinks works to help get the ball rolling when it comes to beating fatigue, but these drinks also help combat muscle fatigue with beta-alanine. This chemical helps eliminate acids from your body, reducing the burn associated with intense workouts.

Drinks containing sodium bicarbonate can also help reduce acid accumulation in muscles, to keep you going for longer. L-theanine from green tea is another acid-inhibiting substance that works to combat the anxiety levels some people experience after ingesting caffeine.

4. Convenience and versatility

Usually, these multi-ingredient products consist of a powder that you mix with water and drink before starting your workout. So, they’re easy to pop into your gym bag and mix before you get going.

What’s more, you can choose from a huge variety of tasty, as well as sugar-free and vegan options. Most pre-workout drinks tick the boxes when it comes to a vegan diet, but you should always check the list of ingredients for animal-based substances. Both creatine and caffeine are naturally vegan, although some amino acids may originate from animal sources.

With so many choices available, it’s easy to experiment with various pre-workout mixes until you find the right one for you. Then, it’s as simple as scooping, stirring and hitting the gym!

Cue Herbalife24 LiftOff Max energy drinks – the sports nutrition drink for the 24-hour athlete and fitness seeker.

Visit Herbalife for more information on the new range.

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  • A Herbalife Nutrition gym bag
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  • A Herbalife24 LiftOff Max energy drink mix

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