That’s right, drinking chocolate milk after a HARD work out will aid in helping your muscles recover. Now let me reiterate HARD workout, if you just went a did a light workout and didn’t break a sweat, you won’t need a post workout recovery. But if you did come back from a long bike ride, run or hike chocolate milk will help you recover better than some of those other high beverages. Why??
- Plain water just replaces the water you sweat out during your workout
- Carbohydrate laden beverages just builds and replaces your glycogen (stored muscle carbs)
- Carbohydrates and Protein combination not only replaces the glycogen but studies have that you see a double % increase in glycogen, plus the protein also helps your muscles to recover and repair.
I am a big advocate of using whole foods, but for post workouts chocolate milk will do the trick. Just remember you need to be in a hard workout to earn the chocolate. In honor of National Chocolate Milk Day go out for a hard workout and enjoy!!