As active individuals we have long understood the importance of carbohydrate to fuel our swim, bike or run. Recently there has been a greater understanding of the importance of protein, not only for world class elite athletes but also for the recreational exerciser.
Protein has many roles within our bodies ranging from post exercise recovery to even playing a key part in weight management. Protein is made up of building blocks called amino acids, the different combinations of amino acids supply our bodies with different functions. This makes protein pretty unique as it can be used to build muscle and bone as well as being used as an energy source.
Research has shown that active people require more protein as part of their normal daily diet. Consuming around 1.75g per kilogram of body weight per day will enable you to gain the benefits that protein has to offer. Sport and exercise can place high demands on your body, to be able to perform at your best your body needs the right ingredients; taking on board the correct daily amount of protein is important in helping you maintain your performance.
For those nearing the age of 40 protein can be particularly important. Loss of muscle mass begins around this age and accelerates after the age of 75. Supplementing your diet with high-quality protein and participating in resistance training can help prevent muscle loss as you age.
For a more in depth guide to protein read our blog post here.