If you like rewarding yourself after a big workout, feel free to chug a nice, cold glass of CHOCOLATE MILK.
A new study in the "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" looked at a bunch of smaller studies on how different types of drinks can help you recover after a big workout.
And researchers found that chocolate milk does an even better job than sports drinks like Gatorade.
Apparently a lot of endurance athletes already know about this, and do it all the time. After a really taxing workout, you need carbs, protein, fat, electrolytes, and vitamins to help your body recover. And chocolate milk has all of them.
Or if a big glass of chocolate milk sounds good DURING a workout, you can do that too. On average, the study found it took people about six minutes longer to feel exhausted when they drank it, compared to a sports drink.
The key is it has to be a STRENUOUS workout though . . . like running ten miles, or lifting a lot of weights.
If you're just jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes, you don't really NEED to "recover" from it. Regular water is fine, and chocolate milk would just add unnecessary calories to your diet. Which is also true for things like Gatorade.