You know the drill. It’s 3pm, you’re sluggish, your mind is racing and you order your third to-go coffee of the day (short black, no sugar) to make that looming deadline at work.
The 9am to 5pm routine can be demanding and draining especially if you’re not in the right headspace. Keeping at the top of your game both at work and in the gym comes down to making smart lifestyle choices that will put you in best-on-ground mode, from the inside out.
Nutrition is the first step to improving brain function, endurance, fitness, and recovery. Specifically, omega-3 which boosts your mental sharpness and energy levels, whether you’re sweating it out on the treadmill or metaphorically, during a Zoom meeting.
The human brain is made up of between 10 and 15 per cent of omega-3 fatty acids, making them the Michael Jordan of the mind. You need to take omega-3 through your diet, although modern diets cannot guarantee sufficient intake. An omega-3 supplement can help take your performance to the next level – enter Simris Algae Omega-3 for Athletes ($57), which are vegan, non-GMO, plant-based and ocean-friendly capsules.
They’re designed to help you get the most out of your workout and help fuel a speedy recovery, while boosting brain function. The soft-gel tablets contain the full spectrum of omega-3, with the added antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been linked to healthy skin, endurance, and easing joint pain.
Swedish-based company Simris manufactures and produces omega-3 from nature’s original plant source, microalgae, instead of fish or fish oil, meaning it protects the oceans from overfishing and the body from toxins normally found in marine life. Simris Algae Omega-3 for Athletes was designed for active individuals who want to perform at the highest level, total boss-mode: in the gym, at work, and play. The capsules help with inflammation and maintaining cardiovascular health, supplying oxygen-rich blood to muscles during exercise, also playing a role in recovery, fat burning and protein synthesis (AKA the process in which cells make protein).
While Simris Algae Omega-3 for Athletes takes care of your omega-3 needs, try adding these other plant-based foods to further boost your post-workout re-fuel:
These East Asian beans contains around 18.5 grams of protein per cup, making them a healthy, guilt free, after-gym snack. They contain no gluten or cholesterol, and are a source of iron and calcium. Your abs will thank you.
Pulse, it seems, isn’t just about your heart rate. Lentils (a type of “pulse” in the nutritional sense) are low-fat and high in protein, and packed with fibre, vitamin B, calcium and iron.
With around 20 grams of protein per 100 grams, almonds, walnuts, cashews and Brazil nuts are the most nutrient-packed varieties when you need a healthy gym-approved snack on the run.
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