Maximize energy, strength, endurance, and fat loss with these 5 performance foods.
Avid exerciser or weekend warrior? Focus on foods that fuel your body, repair damage, reduce inflammation, improve strength and build muscle. Turn your frame into a lean, mean, moving machine with these super fitness foods.
5. Beets: Beets are high in naturally occurring nitrates, which are converted by the body to nitric oxide, a compound that dilates blood vessels improves blood flow, w and enhances athletic performance. In one study, athletes who drank beet juice showed a 38% increase in blood flow to muscles, especially fast- twitch muscles, which impact bursts of speed and strength. In another study, runners who ate cooked beets ran 5% faster.
And in a review of 23 studies, researchers concluded that drinking beet juice can improve cardiorespiratory endurance (the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply fuel during sustained physical activity and to eliminate compounds that lead to fatigue) as well as enhance exercise efficiency, improve performance and increase time to exhaustion.