My gym has vending machines with all different types of sport drinks, and I spot a lot of people (in tiptop shape) purchasing drinks following their workouts. Personally, I have no qualms with water, and just like the exercise equipment I don’t know how to use, I tend to stay away from them. However, this might have to change. New research appearing in FASEB Journal shows that what someone drinks after exercise plays a crucial role in maximizing the effects of exercise.
The new report reveals that drinking protein drinks instead of carbohydrate drinks after aerobic activity increases the results from training after six weeks. Furthermore, according to the report, using as little as 20 grams of protein is enough to produce results.
To come to these findings, scientists recruited 16 people age 37 and older and had them exercise on treadmills for 45 minutes three times a week for six weeks. After each session, one group was given a protein drink and another group was given a carbohydrate drink. To measure the making of new structures in the muscle, metabolic pathways were measured. At the end of the six weeks, scientists were able to determine how much of the muscle and its component pieces were new. They discovered that proteins taken after exercise encourage prolonged muscle strength, furthering the idea that pairing appropriate nutrition with exercise can help maximize overall health. Now if only they had a protein shake vending machine at my gym.
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