Did you know that exercise can do more harm than good if your workout sessions aren’t spread out evenly? There’s even a name for it — the weekend warrior. It’s used to address people who live a sedentary life during weekdays but become suddenly active on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Running, push-ups, and other kinds of physical drills increase oxygen levels in the body. This increased O2 reacts with cells to form a biochemical product known as free radicals.

 

Free radicals are molecules with one, as opposed to two, electrons in their outermost orbit. They are unstable. They react with cells and these reactions can damage or kill cells. Each biochemical reaction produces more free radicals and this, in turn, starts a chain reaction. The damage from these reactions can be extensive. Luckily, the human body has a defensive mechanism which jumps into action when oxygen floods the body.

 

Although strong, the mechanism isn’t impregnable. Sudden intensive exercise can overwhelm the body’s defences. A way to keep the cells in a good shape is to either consume antioxidant rich foods every day or take antioxidant supplements.

 

Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals by providing an electron. The extra electron makes free radicals stable. Stable free radicals don’t react with the body’s cells and damage them. This is a useful quality for both weekend warriors and professional athletes, who need to regain their shape quickly.

 

Foods and supplements are two popular sources of antioxidants. Blueberries, dark chocolate, green tea, red wine, and pomegranates are natural antioxidant rich foods. Experts advise five to six servings of these foods everyday. Unhappily, few people listen to the advice and even fewer acts on it.

 

Antioxidant supplements have been rising in popularity during the past few years because it’s more convenient to take them. To add icing on the cake, the supplements provide their users with all the benefits natural antioxidant rich foods.

 

To conclude, you may need antioxidant supplements if to protect your body from damage by oxygen, which is more likely for athletes and people who workout in fits and starts.