Why You Should Be Drinking This Random Thing Before Your Workout
With spring in our sights, outdoor workouts are finally back in play, and we couldn’t be more psyched. Although we loved our months of stress-reducing yoga and kickass home workouts, we’re totally ready to ditch our home gyms for a little cardio in the sun. Before we put on our colorful workout gear and hit the pavement, experts say that a good hearty breakfast is the key to really making our workout count. But according to the scientists at Washington University’s School of Medicine, green juice might not be the best pre-workout drink for us — this new study suggests that beet juice is the new muscle-boosting blend to power back pronto.
Published in Circulation: Heart Failure, the study measured how the muscles of nine subjects with heart failure reacted to a small serving of concentrated beet juice. The researchers chose participants with heart failure because their muscles could not deliver as much power, which means that improvements could be measured more easily. Almost immediately after drinking the two-third cup of concentrated beet juice, the participants saw a significant increase in muscle power at 13 percent on average. “We’re seeing these improvements within about an hour and a half to two hours after ingestion,” Peterson told NPR. “It’s pretty dramatic.” Combined with the researchers’ previous studies on how beet juice affects muscle power in athletes, which yielded a six percent increase in power, Peterson and Coggan’s research is already dramatically changing the pre-workout game.
So what’s the magic ingredient in beet juice that makes it so powerful? According to Peterson, it’s all about the nitrate. When ingested, the nitrate ion turns into nitric oxide which can have the effect of increasing muscle power. It’s the kind of improvement that people only start to see after two or three months of resistance training, says co-author Andrew Coggan. With that kind of incredible power, it’s a wonder more people haven’t made the switch already. Check out these 15 beetalicious bites, including a power-inducing smoothie, to test out the power of beets for yourself.
What’s your tried-and-true pre-workout meal? Mention @BritandCo in your comments on Twitter!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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