Help for Easing into Exercise?
Keto acid supplements may help young men who have not been exercising regularly to better tolerate hard physical activity
Regular physical activity is a cornerstone of good health, but for those of us who haven't been moving much, getting started can be daunting. Along with obtaining the go-ahead from your healthcare provider and starting slowly, supplementing with alpha-keto acids may ease the transition from sedentary to active.
Asking about alpha-keto acids
Alpha-keto acids are related to amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. To study how alpha-keto acids affect tolerance to hard physical activity, researchers invited 33, untrained young adult males to begin a four-week exercise program. The program consisted of five sessions per week of 30 minutes of running at a moderately hard pace, followed by three, three-minute sprints at the end of each session. The men were randomly selected to take one of the following:
During the four-week exercise program, the men completed questionnaires to assess stress and emotional exhaustion, and the researchers measured maximum power output during exercise each week.
After four weeks, compared to men in the placebo group:
Easing into exercise
This small study suggests keto acid supplements may help young men who have not been exercising regularly to tolerate hard physical activity better, with less stress and exhaustion. Consider the following before deciding whether you can benefit from keto acids:
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Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.