There’s a whole lot of information out there for which drink someone should drink post-workout. Many popular go-to drinks are water, Gatorade, Powerade, or enhancement shakes (protein shakes).
Joel Stager, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Indiana University, found and published in this month’s International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism that chocolate milk is the perfect catch all recovery drink for the endurance athelte. Compared to other recovery drinks, chocolate milk has double the amount of carbohydrates and protein. The perfect combination for replenishing tired muscles..but also packs a 1-2 punch with calcium, a little sodium, and sugar to help your body retain water and regain energy!
Before you switch out your glass of water for a glass of chocolate milk, assess your workout regime or level. Chocolate milk is not the recovery drink for your average workout person. This drink is best fit for endurance athletes such as swimmers, distance runners, and cyclists.
My question to you is…what is your recovery go-to drink?