If you’re planning a cycle with anabolic steroids, you should also have a plan for mitigating the harmful effects of these products. Although anabolic steroids can definitely provide an impressive range of benefits, each one will invariably have its own set of drawbacks in the form of side effects. As such, if you want to feel good, look good and function at top levels, you have to put as much effort into mitigating adverse effects (harm reduction) as you do into bulking or cutting. Following are four, simple things that you can do to ensure that your cycle is a smooth, seamless and incredibly effective one.
1. Establish An Optimal Sleep Pattern
Train your body to go to bed at a certain time and to get sufficient rest. This should be deep, restful sleep, not a fitful series of hours in which you spend the majority of your time with your mind racing. Stay away from caffeine-loaded energy drinks and sports drinks. Create a few bedtime rituals and spend some time relaxing, whether by stretching or reading. With an elevated heart rate and more energy, you have to make an effort to ensure that you aren’t being sleep-deprived while on-cycle.
2. Stay Hydrating
You’re doing more, working harder and metabolizing faster. This won’t just increase your energy/calorie needs, it will also boost your requirements for hydration. Keep a jug of fresh, pure water with you at all times and constantly sip at it throughout the day. Also, drink a cup or two of coconut water each day, to ensure optimal electrolyte balance after intense sweating and extreme fluid loss.
3. Eat For Health
Yes, you can eat a bit more when using most anabolic steroids given your increased output and faster metabolism. But, WHAT you eat still matters, particularly as it applies to your overall health. Steer clear of fast food restaurants and a lot of ready-made, pre-packaged foods. Even if you can eat more of these things without seriously adding to your waistline, your primary goals for harm reduction on anabolic steroids are to moderate your blood pressure and protect your liver health. Fast food and processed do not support either of these goals.
4. Give Your Body A Break Between Cycles
Don’t get caught up by the idea that post-cycle rests aren’t necessary. Always have a period in which you’re using post-cycle support, followed by a period in which you’re using absolutely nothing at all. Short-term gains are never worth your long-term health. Giving your body a good rebound will allow you to look your best, feel your best and function your best for the greatest amount of time.