This article was published on June 15th, 2013
Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. Cutting out fats and sugars and eating a well balanced, nutritional diet is to maintaining a healthy weight and working out will help tone your body. But how can you have a sexy, summer body? It comes down to discipline, hard work, and using protein to build strong, sexy muscles.
Working out for one hour a day will help burn calories. Workouts should range from cardio to strength training. Cardio workouts would include running, cycling, swimming and hiking, and strength training ranges from lifting weights at the gym to rowing and cross-fit.
During workouts muscles develop micro tears. This is good. It means that the body has worked hard. At the end of the workout the body immediately begins to repair damaged muscles and tissues. To maximize the workout, it is critically important to fuel the body. Protein is the body’s main building blocks, repairing muscle, bone, skin and other tissues.
Athletes ranging from marathon runners to weight lifters rely on protein because it helps the body recover from intense exercise. Serious athletes drink protein shakes, like Muscle MLK, combined with carbohydrates and fats to refuel post workout.
But you don’t have to be an elite athlete to receive the full benefits of protein post workout. Even if you’re going on a day hike, playing an afternoon baseball game, or going for an evening paddle, protein will help your body repair and build valuable muscle, maximizing your opportunity to develop a strong, sexy, summer body.
For someone who runs twice a week and lifts weights at the gym twice a week, it is recommended to have a daily intake of 0.75 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. Solid food takes longer to digest and break down, so to get the maximum benefit and deliver protein fastest to the muscles post-workout, it’s recommended to drink a liquid protein immediately. It can take approximately 30 minutes for the protein to reach the muscle after ingestion, so the faster you drink liquid protein, the faster your muscles can repair and grow.
Having protein before bed can also help with repairing muscles while you rest. It’s a good method because protein burns slow and depletes as you sleep. It’s also good to have in the morning because your body needs nourishment after sleeping.
Essentially remember this: you’re spending all this time working out at the gym, being active, and getting in lots of exercise to get your body ready for summer – it’s all a waste unless you have protein immediately after your workout. For people on the go, just pack a bottle of Muscle MLK in your gym bag or car, so you’re fuelling right away. Also eat a well balanced diet throughout the day to efficiently fuel your body for all the fun summer activities you have lined up.