What’s the best thing to drink after a workout? Water, of course! But let’s face it — water can get pretty boring. Below I’d like to share 5 workout recovery drinks that work just as well as water for hydration and pack an extra punch.
Hitting the gym is just half the battle. You also have to know what to put in your body after a workout, too! Below I have some great ideas that may come in handy after your next workout session. Scroll down for more…
Are you surprised? Besides high water content, chocolate milk has double the carbohydrates compared to plain white milk, making it a great choice for a post-workout recovery drink. Consuming carbs after exercise replenishes the muscles by replacing the glycogen lost during a workout.
Those muscles are not going to build themselves. After a hard gym session, consider powdered whey protein. One scoop of whey is almost as much protein as a whole chicken breast. The best part is that whey contains lactoferrin for immune support, too.
I have to be honest — I’m not the biggest fan of coconut water. I don’t like the taste and the smell of it leaves nothing to be desired. However, you have to give props to the many benefits of coconut water, including its high level of antioxidants and nutrients. Also, like Gatorade and other popular sports drinks, coconut water contains high levels of electrolytes, such as potassium and magnesium. Unlike those popular sports drinks, coconut water contains much less sodium. So maybe coconut water is worth a second shot for proper workout recovery drinks.
Cherry juice is not only refreshingly delicious but provides some solid health benefits. Cherries contain about 330 milligrams (mg) of potassium per cup, which is almost 10 percent of your daily recommended value. The potassium in cherry juice helps with reducing inflammation and benefits muscle recovery and function. Did I mention it tastes delicious, too?
Yep, green tea is packed with antioxidants that boost your body’s immunity and also reduce muscle damage caused by exercise. These same antioxidants also work to burn body fat for energy instead of the stored glucose from food. Best of all is that green tea contains caffeine which helps to boost energy levels. Unlike coffee, however, the release of this energy is more balanced and long-lasting.
Did these suggestions help you? I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you like to consume as a workout recovery drink at my email address at email@example.com. Also, please be sure to subscribe to my newsletter in order to receive more great tips straight to your inbox. Finally, to prepare for more after-workout recovery, I encourage you to read Exercise Recovery: 5 Tips to Speed It Up.