When you push through a tough workout, your muscles are constantly challenged and their fibers begin to break down and sustain damage. The process of repairing and rebuilding those fibers, called muscle protein synthesis, uses amino acids from protein to encourage healthy recovery and muscular growth. Although any nutritious source of protein will help the process along, there are a few distinct advantages to drinking protein shakes after exercise.
Protein powder is an isolated nutrient source, so it provides a lot of nutrition for relatively few calories. After exercise, your body needs that nutrition to recover, but it doesn’t need enough calories to negate all the effort you put forth during your workout. For the best results, find a protein shake that contains some carbs, or blend your shake with a carb-rich snack like a banana. According to the National Sports and Conditioning Association, when you eat carbs and protein in a 4:1 ratio within 30 minutes of exercise, you’ll recover faster and actually gain more strength.
Most protein powders on the market feature whey protein concentrate or whey protein isolate as primary ingredients. Whey is a “fast-acting” protein, so most people are able to digest it easily. That makes it a prime choice for post-workout protein shakes as well. Although whey doesn’t affect all athletes in the same way, registered dietitian Debra Wein writes that whey does have the ability to stimulate gains in muscle size in some people, when combined with proper nutrition and regular strength training.
Waves Kiosk now stocks Whey protein that can be purchased on its own as a shake or added to a Fruit Smoothie.
- Chocolate Whey Protein Shake $7.00
- Vanilla Whey Protein Shake $7.00
- Oats & Whey Breakfast Shake $8.00
- Add Protien - $4.00 Extra.
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