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Protein and Working Out: What You Need To Know

Learn about the healthiest protein for bodybuilding.
Paisley Hansen Jan 11, 2020

Isn’t Protein For Professional Athletes and Bodybuilders?

It isn’t an uncommon sight when you walk into a gym, people are drinking protein shakes or snacking on a protein bar. The question arises, “why are they consuming so much protein?”. It isn’t as simple as bulking up, though increasing protein can help people who are working to build muscle.
To really understand why consuming protein as part of your workout regimen is so important, you need to understand how it is used in the body.

What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

Protein is what is known as a macronutrient. It is used in almost every cellular activity in the body, and it is necessary for your health and wellbeing. It’s even helpful for repairing damage that is done to the body, and supports the immune system.
I know what you’re thinking, “what does this have to do with my workout, I’m not a pro who is causing damage to my body, I just want to be active and healthy.” It’s simple really, when you’re working out, your body is essentially breaking down your muscle and using the protein you have stored to repair and build it back up.
If you aren’t consuming enough protein before or after a workout, they won’t be as effective, and you may even become lethargic and start to feel worn down overall. Check out this article by US News and Health for more information about the biology of protein and your muscles.

How Can Protein Benefit My Workouts?

The use of protein before or after workout has been shown to help your muscles repair after the subsequent damage of straining them, but also to benefit future workouts. We often think of carbohydrates as the fuel behind our workouts, and yes, it is true they do help, but they also help the body absorb protein better.
Once your muscles can heal faster (with the help of those proteins we spoke about), they will be stronger and more prepared for your next workout, preventing muscle fatigue from occurring so early.
Having the correct balance of proteins in your body can help expedite healing, which when continued, creates an environment in your body that is ready to move and get stronger. Ultra-Running Magazine has an excellent article about how the balance of proteins and carbs will help you gain endurance and better your workouts.

What Is The Best Way To Ensure I Have Enough Protein?

Eating a balanced diet is usually enough to supply your body with the protein you need for the everyday activities you do. However, consuming protein before or after your workout routine will give your body the right amount to keep in balance.
Since you will be using proteins up during your workout, having a snack such as a protein bar, an apple with peanut butter, or maybe even a delicious shake with protein powder added in can really benefit your body and give you the boost you are looking for. After all, nobody wants to put in all the hard work and get minimal results.
As you can see, your body has its own ecosystem and it thrives on balance. Working out is a great way to stay healthy and feel great, but it can’t be done as effectively without the right diet.
Keeping your muscles healthy and in good shape can be as easy as fitting a little extra protein into your diet at the right times, and in the right amounts. So get active, go for a run, hit the gym, and don’t forget to pack yourself a protein packed snack while you’re at it.