Does Protein Intake Matter for Cardio Workouts?

If you’re using cardio to burn fat and build muscle, you might be wondering if you need to increase your protein intake like you would if you were strength training.

We still damage muscle when doing cardio workouts, so it is important that we are getting enough protein to help repair and build the muscles we have damaged whilst training.

Our absorption rate after cardiovascular exercise is similar to the absorption rate we have after strength training, so post-workout is a great time to get protein into your body. Whether it is protein from foods or supplements, getting it into your body after an intense cardio workout will quickly repair your muscles.

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How to Eat Protein After a Cardio Workout  

Protein shakes are a great supplement to get in after a cardio session if you do enjoy them. One scoop of whey powder is perfect for repairing damaged muscles. However, contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be guzzling down protein shakes to ensure you are getting enough. Eating protein rich foods like meat, eggs, nuts and beans are sufficient enough. You could even try eating jerky after a cardio workout as it’s high in protein and low in fat, calories and carbs. Jerky doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so you can keep it in your gym bag or locker and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. We would recommend our Wild West Original Beef Jerky.

It doesn’t really matter which foods you choose for protein intake. What really matters is that you are meeting your daily caloric and macronutrient goals. If you are hitting your goals, you will find that your training will improve overall and you will have better results.

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