When these 6 areas are weak and have poor movement-quality, aches, pains and injuries tend to show up too.
Protein is an essential macronutrient. We can’t make it. We can pull it from our structural tissues – our muscles, our tendons, our organs – if we’re in dire need of amino acids, but that’s not a healthy long term strategy. For all intents and purposes, we need to consume protein to stay healthy, fit, happy, and long-lived. But we need to consume the right amount at the right times. And since I’ve already talked about how much protein certain populations should be eating on a general basis, shown you how to identify when you need more carbs, and explained how to tell if you need more fat, today’s post will cover 12 situations, symptoms, and signs that indicate a direct need for more dietary protein.
Let’s jump right in:
For years, the elderly have been told not to expect anything from their bodies but decay and decrepitude. They can lift weights if they want, but they’re not going to get very strong and if anything they’ll just improve “tone” and “balance.” Well, that’s nonsense. The elderly absolutely can get stronger and even build muscle and improve their bone mineral density by lifting heavy things. Maybe not as easily as a 22 year old. Maybe not as much as when they were younger. But they can do it. There’s just one caveat: they need more protein than their younger counterparts.
This point has somehow become controversial in the past, but it really need not be. It is an old belief that when you are injured you need to rest, both yourself and the injury. Now, I’m not telling you to go and train through pain. No, that is different. But I am telling you that you need to get off your butt and continue training, exercising, and moving.
Undoubtedly, what your training looks like will change depending on your injury. You will have to modify some exercises, while taking out others all together. You will have to add some more injury-specific rehabilitative exercises. But you need to keep up with your regular activities, to keep you both physically and mentally on track, to keep working towards your goals, and to rehabilitate.
Yes, to rehabilitate. You see, exercise actually promotes tissue healing. Tissues need to be loaded in order for them to get stronger and to be able to withstand loads imposed on them on a day-to-day basis. Resting, on the other hand, causes a decrease in the loading of the tissues, which can cause the tissues to actually get smaller and lose strength, exactly the opposite effect of what we want.