Working mums trying to find time to work out, we applaud you. Keeping fit is hard enough at the best of times, let alone when you have two other full time jobs. But as you’ll notice is a theme on this site, your health should not be sidelined. If like many of us, a protein shake for breakfast or lunch is the quickest and easiest option for a mum on the run, you’ve probably wondered if all that money on protein powder is actually worth-while. Is it doing anything to help your body and fuel your day? The answer is yes, but the trick is, to get that extra protein at the right time and not to forfeit other foods. Here’s how to ensure it’s not a wasted effort!
How much do we need?
The average person needs around 0.8 – 1.2g of protein per kilo of body weight, per day (depending on how much exercise you’re doing). Protein is one of the most important building blocks for your bones, muscles and skin, and chances are, you’re not getting enough in your daily diet.
So now you know it’s important, how to make it count?
- If you’re training then an important time is right after a workout to help your muscles repair.
- 30 minutes before a workout sets up the “anabolic window” and provides your muscles with adequate nutrition so that the effects of any weight training won’t be as severe.
- First thing in the morning you’ve gone 6 to 8 hours without proper nutrition and your body needs protein quick.
- If you don’t have time for breakfast a well balanced protein shake is a good option.