How To: Enhance your athletic performance naturally

Enhance your athletic performance naturally

Learn some tricks that will give you an edge during your next workout or competition. This video will show you how to enhance your athletic performance naturally.

You Will Need

* Caffeine
* Fiber-loading
* Peppermint essential oil
* Probiotics
* Compression socks

Step 1. Get a hit of caffeine

Get a hit of caffeine before your workout. Studies prove it increases stamina for everyone from runners and cyclists to rowers and swimmers. A half a cup of coffee about an hour ahead of time is all you need.

Ingesting caffeine before exercising can also reduce the pain of a workout.

Step 2. Fiber-load before a big race

If you're a runner, skip the simple carbohydrates and fiber-load before the big race instead. One study found that runners who ate high-fiber cereal and fruit before running lasted longer – and burned more fat – than those who ate low-fiber cereal and toast.

Step 3. Sniff some peppermint

Take a whiff of peppermint essential oil, which you can find at health food stores. In one study, athletes who did ran faster and did more push-ups than those who inhaled other scents or no scent.

Step 4. Get probiotics

Boost your immunity by eating foods with probiotics, like some yogurts, or by taking a probiotic supplement. They may not turn you into a better athlete, but one study found they might make you less susceptible to respiratory problems, like colds and flu, common among people who train hard.

Step 5. Wear compression socks

Try wearing compression socks. Many athletes who do report less muscle fatigue, better circulation, and reduced leg pain. They also keep muscles warm.

FACT: Viagra has been tested as an athletic performance enhancer because the blood vessel dilation it causes may increase oxygen capacity, especially at higher altitudes.

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