Sep 29 2010
Do you ever wonder what you should eat or drink after exercise? Or even IF you should eat or drink anything specific once you’re done working out?
If you exercise for longer than an hour, or do a shorter but very intense workout (like runing sprint intervals), then your body craves nutrition within 30 minutes after you finish exercise. This 30 minute window is the optimal time to refuel so your body is ready for the next workout. A combination of carbohydrate and protein gives your tired muscles the nutrients they need.
Many companies want you to believe that you have to use one of their commerical products for optimum post workout-out nutrition.
Guess what? Chocolate milk works even better than commercial shakes and supplements! That’s because chocolate milk contains two types of protein: casein and whey. These types of protein are key for muscle recovery. The carbohydrate naturally present in chocolate milk from the lactose plus the sugar from the chocolate help move the amino acids in whey and casein into your muscles, plus help rebuild stored carbohydrate in your muscles.
Drink 8-16 ounces of chocolate milk within 30 minutes after finishing your workout, and you’ll find you recover faster and have more energy for the next workout. Plus you’ll get the benefit of the calcium and vitamin D in chocolate milk. Choose fat-free chocolate milk for the best nutritional profile.
Who said good nutrition can’t taste good, too?