When people hear ‘protein’ and ‘exercise’ in the same sentence, they’re most likely to picture images of bodybuilders eating protein bars and milkshakes in order to maximise their workout. Protein is important for anyone (and not just the pros) who is hitting the gym, playing sports, going for runs or doing any other form of workout.
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. At a cellular level, proteins are used for just about everything, from transporting messages, carry out the instructions of DNA and defending, preserving and repairing essential life functions.
Nutrition and Health
It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, protein is essential for exercise. Anyone undertaking any kind of exercise routine is definitely going to need more protein than someone who doesn’t. 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.
So where do people get protein from? From a dietary point of view, day to day protein is gained from eating food such as beans, soy protein products, nuts and other such foods. If you are exercising, it is beneficial to supplement this normal intake of protein with additional food items such as protein bars, powders or shakes. These can come in a variety of flavours and types so you don’t get bored.
Repair, Maintain, Grow
Protein is especially important to consume after a workout as during the exercise you are effectively breaking your muscles down. That is why it’s a common sight to see people at the gym eating protein bars or drinking whey shakes when they have finished their routine to help increase the impact of their exercise. It’s also important to mix this protein with carbohydrates as your body finds it easier to absorb the protein and turn it into more muscle mass.
If you are exercising but find yourself with low energy or feel that you are not building any muscle, it may be down to not having enough protein in your diet. Make an effort to eat more protein through your diet or special bars and shakes to feel better and get more out of your workout.
Looking for protein snacks?
If you’re after something healthy, low fat and natural which counts towards your 5 a day, why not try these yummy snacks from our range:
- TREK Cocoa Chaos bars are a protein rich cocoa flavoured snack bar for those with a busy lifestyle, and contains 12g of protein, a great way to stay healthy and fit.
- TREK Berry Burst bars can help you towards your 5 a day, with 100% natural ingredients and soya protein crispies to curb your appetite.
- Our TREK Protein Flapjack range are made from gluten –free oats and include a whopping 9-10g of added protein in a variety of flapjacks including coconut and banana bread.
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