What's the difference between Recovery and Protein? Do you need either?
Recovery drinks and protein shakes are useful for specific types of workouts, but most people don’t need them. If your training takes 60 minutes or less and stays at a moderate or light intensity, drinking water is fine. If your workout is longer than 60 minutes or involves high-intensity activity such as interval training, a recovery drink may help you bounce back faster. If your workout focus is resistance training and you’re lifting close to your max or doing a particularly long, grueling session, a protein shake can quickly set your muscles on the road to healthy recovery.
Post Workout Recovery
When you exercise, your body loses energy and strength. Aerobic exercise such as running tends to deplete glycogen stores and dehydrate you, and anaerobic exercise such as weightlifting taxes muscle fibers, breaking or tearing them and making you feel sore. If your exercise session is intensive or long enough, drinking a healthy post-workout beverage like Revive RX Recover can shorten your recovery time, alleviate muscle soreness and even improve strength, power, body composition and exercise performance. A recovery drink is designed to re-hydrate your body and replenish the minerals, called electrolytes, that you may have lost while sweating. Most recovery drinks have more carbohydrates than protein, aiming for a ratio that’s between 2-to-1 and 4-to-1 to replenish glycogen stores. Recovery drinks are most effective in a 20-minute window following exercise, as the opportunity to effectively replenish glycogen stores declines with time. The small amount of protein in recovery drinks accelerates muscle protein synthesis, your body’s process of building new muscle mass.
Protein shakes like Revive RX Rebuild have a different nutritional makeup than recovery drinks. Although they may contain some carbs, most protein drinks have fewer carb than protein grams and are designed to preserve lean body mass or encourage new muscle mass gain. Protein shakes may be most effective if you drink them within the 60-minute window following your workout and as a way to supplement your protein needs once in a while.
We personally use Revive RX products, but there are plenty in the market to choose from. There are whey, egg white or plant protein options so the bottom line is to select a product you can stomach that contains minimum artificial fillers and meets your personal needs.