The fitness market is saturated with energy boosting pills, powders, and liquids; many of them made entirely of manufactured, unrecognizable ingredients. If your mouth can’t even pronounce the words, imagine the havoc these products wreak on your body.
When it comes to workouts, there’s no need to trade intensity for health; all you need is knowledge. And as nature would have it, there’s a wiser (and tastier) way to energize your body and fuel your workouts. Dark Chocolate!
If you think that high quality dark chocolate is only meant for decadent desserts, here are the top 4 reasons to coco-charge your workout:
Increase Energy Levels: One of the main components of dark chocolate is theobromine, a compound that helps you feel more alert. Though not as potent as caffeine, theobromine boosts endurance and provides an extra surge of energy for high impact workouts.
Boost Circulation: Flavonoids, another main component of dark chocolate, have been shown to reduce blood pressure while improving blood flow to the brain and heart, oxygenating the blood and boosting circulation. Dark chocolate also contains iron, which speeds the delivery of oxygen to your muscles, helping you workout longer and stronger.
Weight Loss: Researchers at UC San Diego discovered that people who regularly indulge in dark chocolate consume 15% less calories overall per day and have a lower body-mass index than their non-chocolate eating counterparts. That’s right, allowing up to 5 servings per week of cacao-loaded dark chocolate can lead to a slimmer, trimmer you!
Sharpen Your Focus: The abundance of antioxidants and flavonoids found in dark chocolate boost brain activity and focus. If you’ve begun to notice that your attention has started to slag while working out, a square or two of dark chocolate 10-15 minutes before exercise will get your mind and body back on track.
When reaching for dark chocolate, always look for organic sources that contain at least 70% cacao to reap the healthiest body benefits. Adding cacao powder to your daily smoothie is another great way to relish the delicious effects of dark chocolate. Enjoy!