This morning kids and I headed over to the gym so I could jump on the treadmill and get this weeks long run out of the way. My schedule called for 7 miles again this week, and I’m happy to say I finished it 3 minutes faster than last week.
Maybe it has something to do with all the chocolate milk I drink. I’ve always loved chocolate milk, but often felt guilty about drinking it since its so high in sugar compared to white milk.
Lucky for me, lately all of the rage has been about chocolate milk being the perfect post workout drink. There are posters are all over the gym promoting it, so its gotta be true, right?
Well, just why is chocolate milk so great? According to the website rechargewithmilk.ca (the maker of the posters plastered all over the gym), chocolate milk “prepares your body for tomorrows workout today”. How you ask? Well there are 4 main reasons:
1. It helps to replace fluids – fluid loss (dehydration) has a major effect on performance. Dehydration of just 2% (of your body weight) can decrease your performance by up to 10%. Yikes! Since chocolate milk has a high water content it helps replace fluids lost due to sweating, thereby, helping prevent dehydration.
2.It replenishes electrolytes lost during exercise – the more you sweat, the more electrolytes you lose. Since chocolate milk naturally contains sodium and potassium it replaces key electrolytes lost when exercise lasts more than one hour.
3. It helps replace glycogen stores – glycogen is the stored form of glucose, it is also the energy source most often used for exercise. Depleted glycogen stores results in the build up of lactic acid and a decrease in performance. Drinking chocolate milk within 30 minutes of your workout helps replenish glycogen stores, thereby, improving your performance the next day.
4.It helps build and repair muscles– during intense exercise, muscles get small tears in them. Chocolate milk contains protein which helps repair these micro-tears and promotes muscle growth.
So, there you have it! Chocolate milk not only tastes good, its good for you! You know what I say to that….Drink up!