With the summer edging ever nearer, many students across the UK will not only be looking to get stuck into serious revision, exams and dissertations but also getting into shape for what will be a busy summer of festivals.
Dieting, the gym and sports are the obvious methods of ensuring you look the part this summer but there are some nice little boosts you can give to your exercise regimen this spring and summer.
Protein powder was once a niche product, reserved for the larders of hardcore weight lifters but has recently become a cheap, effective and healthy way for students to get toned and feel great.
Protein is a ‘macronutrient’, meaning the body requires substantial amounts of it as part of a balanced diet. This is then broken down into various amino acids which are then built into new proteins to help make red blood cells and this helps you to build more muscle as you go about your daily activity in the gym.
In addition to using protein powders from some of the more reputable companies out there, you can a look to boost this naturally through:
- Egg protein
- Milk proteins
- Rice protein
- Pea protein
- Hemp protein
There is also now a huge selection of flavours and supplement mixes available to customers these days from the weird and wacky such as Tiramisu and Chocolate Orange to unflavoured and citrus. This has allowed individuals who aren’t usually accustomed to consuming protein shakes to add to their daily smoothies, breakfast or other meals virtually seamlessly.
Why Whey Protein?
Whey protein was actually discovered as a by-product of cheese making and has gone on to become one of the most commonly used proteins and is best for day-to-day use.
All of the essential amino acids mentioned above are present in this type of protein and the fact is very easily digest by the body makes it very effective when combined with a plenty of exercise, particularly free weights or even rowing.
The boost in energy it provides can even reduce stress levels, which could be very helpful as students across the UK head into a busy period of exams and revision.
Soy protein is another common choice. It helps reduce high cholesterol and can ease symptoms of menopause for some women. It can also help with osteoporosis by helping build bone mass.