Over the next couple of months here at U Perform we are making it our mission to tackle a really big topic in sport and exercise and something that is incredibly important to us…
Injury Prevention and Recovery
Injuries are probably the last thing on everybody’s mind…until they happen that is. This is not only a challenging time for us physically but also mentally and emotionally too. All of a sudden we are consumed by the stress and anxiety that comes with being injured. That fear of missing out or falling behind on your goals is devastating. But even worse, as we take time out to let our body heal, we just miss being active and doing what we love.
As we mentioned at the start of this week, the real cost of being injured extends far beyond the physical and emotional. Of course there is going to be a financial cost to everything we do, whether that’s to keep active, recover from an unfortunate injury; or to prevent one from happening in the first place.
No one wants to spend hours a day doing stretching and exercises (as important as these things are) and when we are busy working, looking after children, shopping; proper warm ups, stretching and exercise routines just get left behind putting us at risk of picking up injuries.
We are very quick to fix the problem when it happens but what if we turned this mindset on its head and instead looked at injury prevention and collagen supplementation in particular, as essential parts of our daily lives and fitness routine?
Nutrition is perhaps one of the most important aspects of our injury prevention routine as fuelling our body correctly before, during and after exercise enables us to train harder and recover quicker. Who doesn’t want that!
This can be quite an intimating hurdle for beginners and even more experienced athletes and it is uniquely personal too. But sometimes it really is the smallest changes, done correctly and consistently, that really stack up to make huge differences to our performance, recovery and overall quality of life.
Daily collagen supplementation is one of those things and we believe we have made it one of the most cost effective AND time convenient options out there right now.
Why is collagen so important we hear you ask?
We get asked this A LOT and it is an excellent question. Luckily, we’re here with expert knowledge on hand to tell you exactly why you should make U Perform collagen sports nutrition a part of your active lifestyle every day.
It is well known that Collagen is a major component of the human body. Did you know…? It actually accounts for about 1/3 of our total body protein. It is crucial for joint mobility, strong bones, healthy muscles and ligament and tendon strength.
As an added bonus, you get extra benefits like smooth skin, glossy hair and healthy finger nails too!
As one of the primary structural proteins of our connective tissues (ligaments and tendons), collagen is also abundant in our blood vessels, inter-vertebral discs, the blood-brain barrier, the cornea, dentin and the intestinal wall.
We very quickly come to realise that collagen is a vital component of our WHOLE body.
For the majority of our first 20-25 years, our bodies are able to naturally produce collagen on its own for everyday repair and renewal but from our early to mid-20s, the rate of collagen production begins to slow down. This means that we are all losing collagen as we age!
Factor in the extra demands that a busy and active lifestyle can have on the body too, we start to notice just how important maintaining collagen in the body can actually be.
Did you know? Scientific studies show that we lose up to 1.5% percent of collagen each year, which means that by the time we are 40, our collagen levels have dropped by about 30%!!!
By simply ingesting collagen supplements like our active collagen, active sport collagen and active whey & collagen we can actually boost collagen levels in the body. This ingestion of collagen can stimulate the body’s own collagen metabolism, triggering the production of more collagen and the net result is that extra collagen is available to support your body and to support you active lifestyle.
Daily collagen supplementation can help you to train harder, recover quicker and reduce the risk of injury and as a result of using Bioactive Collagen Peptides®, we can do this in very specific ways. Meaning less aches, less pains, less niggles, and reducing the risk of serious injury too. Which also means less trips to see the physiotherapist or osteopath which can be incredibly expensive in the long term.
But what are Bioactive Collagen Peptides®?
U Perform Bioactive Collagen Peptides® are a composition of different specific peptides optimised for specific physiological benefits. The peptides are derived from a highly controlled production process of collagen which is determined by hydrolysation conditions.
As a result, our Bioactive Collagen Peptides® differ in their physiological functionality. They are optimised to maximise stimulation of the human cell types involved in collagen biosynthesis.
In less scientific terms, each collagen peptide that we use is designed to help and support our body in very unique ways. We think this is so important because it allows us to offer the very best sports nutrition products that are tailored to your specific needs, deliver real results and offer exceptional value for money.
How do we know this?
U Perform's very own co-founders, Prof. Greg Whyte OBE and James Greenwell have been working with collagen for almost 2 decades - and they know first-hand just how beneficial daily collagen supplementation can be for our performance, recovery and quality of life.
A lot of people come to us to help alleviate those pesky aches, pains, niggles and injuries that we ALL get from time to time. When we exercise, we damage our bodies - in a good way, but sometimes we reach beyond a limit that the body just cannot cope with on its own.
It needs some help... and that's where collagen supplements like U Perform active collagen gels come in.
Active Collagen is a cost-effective, hassle-free collagen supplement that is backed by science and delivers real results that you can SEE and FEEL.
However, all too often, customers who are new to collagen supplements give up too soon! We know that to see significant changes and improvements you need to take this DAILY for 6-8 weeks and beyond. Active Collagen isn’t just a post-workout recovery tool. It’s a daily supplement that can make a real difference to your overall quality of life and it actually tastes great too!
Consistency is key when it comes to collagen supplementation and from as early as 10 days we can see signs that all the collagen in our body is being put to work... you should notice your hair & nails growing faster.
It's only when we stop taking our daily dose of collagen that we really start to realise just how effective it was whilst we were taking it regularly! After a week or so, you may notice those aches, pains and niggles start to return and this only increases your chances of picking up a more severe injury.
So why not set a handy reminder on your phone or leave a note in your diary or calendar to remind yourself every day to take your collagen.
From as little as £1.82 per day, active collagen is a convenient and cost effective way to make injury prevention quick, easy and part of our daily routine. Less trips to the physiotherapist, count us in! And when you factor in the physical and emotional cost of not being able to keep doing what you love – can you really afford not to take collagen?
Have you ever tried our collagen supplements? Did you see and feel the amazing benefits? Let us know in the comment below 👇