When people hear ‘protein’ and ‘exercise’ in the same sentence, they’re most likely to conjure up images of bodybuilders. Protein is important for anyone who is exercising.
To put it simply, protein is one of the main nutrients that every person needs to maintain a healthy body. It helps to repair any internal or external damage, supports the immune system and contributes to an overall feeling of wellbeing. Without an adequate amount of protein our muscles wouldn't heal up as quickly and could therefore lead to overtraining your muscle which could lead to injury.
Anyone who participates in any kind of exercise is definitely going to need more protein than someone who doesnt. This is because when you exercise, you are effectively tearing and breaking muscle fibres apart, which then need to be repaired by the body, requiring protein to do so.
From a dietary point of view, protein is gained from food sources such as meat, eggs, beans, nuts, soy protein and other such foods. If you are exercising it is beneficial to supplement your normal intake of protein with additional food source such as protein shakes and protein bars.
After a workout (post workout, as it is known) is one of the best time to get protein into the body so that the protein can be delivered to your muscles quickly, to begin the healing process. Solid food takes more time to digest and break down the protein, therefore it can be best to consume a protein shake immediately following a workout. Protein shakes only take about 30 minutes to reach the muscle after consuming.
If you are exercising but find yourself with low energy or feel that you are not building any muscle, it could well be due to a low protein diet. So try make an extra effort to comsume more protein through your diet to get more out of your efforts with exercise.
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