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4 Ways to Protect Your Muscles from Breaking Down

4 Ways to Protect Your Muscles from Breaking Down

One of the most important things you can do to avoid breaking down when working out is to avoid strenuous activity. Avoiding this type of exercise will reduce how much muscle fatigue you experience, and make it easier for you to complete daily activities. You also need to make sure that you are getting enough protein from either good sources like meat or supplements. Finally, remember how important it is to drink plenty of water and sleep enough every night.

1. Avoid strenuous activity

This type of exercise can cause muscle fatigue which can lead to an inability to perform daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. There is a strong relationship between your body temperature and how well your muscles work. Keeping active will keep your body warm, but doing too much can increase it, thereby causing strain on your muscles. Don’t overdo it! You need to find a balance that allows you to exercise enough to be healthy without pushing yourself too hard. If in doubt, stop and rest for a bit before continuing with what you’re doing.

2. Have enough protein from high protein foods or supplements

It is necessary to make sure you’re getting enough protein from high-protein foods or supplements. Protein is needed for muscle health. Without protein, your body is more likely to experience muscle breakdown. Failure to consume enough dietary protein leads to decreased insulin sensitivity which can result in a decrease in how well glucose is used by the cells and how well fat is burned. It may also increase how quickly sugar instead of using fat for fuel muscles burn.

3. Drink plenty of water

One way to prevent muscle breakdown is to drink plenty of water. Drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and healthy. It can also help prevent aches, pains, and long-term health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney problems. Water is essential for any chemical reactions in your body to occur. Water also helps transport nutrients and oxygen to the different parts of your body and removes waste products from your blood. Finally, water can help keep you alert and energized throughout the day.

4. Get enough sleep every night

It has been shown the lack of sleep can cause the breakdown of muscles. There are people who have resorted to taking prescription medications to help with their sleep problems. This may be a temporary fix, but it can also lead to dependence on these drugs.

Sleep deprivation has been found to cause catabolism, which is how your body breaks down muscle and other tissues for energy. Catabolism is how your body repairs itself and how it grows so this can’t be a good thing! The end result is you feeling fatigued and weak because you’re not getting enough protein. Basically, the less sleep you get, the more likely your muscle will break down and catabolize which is why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough rest each night.


Overall, it’s important to stay hydrated, get enough rest, avoid too much strenuous exercise and consume enough protein. If you do these things, you’ll be able to keep your muscles from breaking down.

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Cory Robertson
Cory Robertson
Tom Drury was born in Iowa in 1956. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Drury has published short fiction and essays in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta, The Mississippi Review, The New York Times Magazine, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. His novels have been translated into German, Spanish, and French. “Path Lights,” a story Drury published in The New Yorker, was made into a short film starring John Hawkes and Robin Weigert and directed by Zachary Sluser. The film debuted on David Lynch Foundation Television and played in film festivals around the world. In addition to Iowa, Drury has lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, and California. He currently lives in Brooklyn and is published by Grove Press.