Chocolate Milk after your workout helps your body recover.
After an intense workout, your body needs to recover before you can get back at it. With its 55 grams of carbohydrates and 17 grams of protein per 500mL serving, chocolate milk gives you the complete nutrition you need after a workout. When you drink it after intense exercise (ideally within 15 to 30 minutes), it helps you refuel, recharge and get ready for tomorrow's workout.
When you train hard, you sweat hard. And all those fluids you lose working out need to be replaced if you want to keep performing at the top of your game. Because milk is made up of 87% water, it is an excellent choice to replace fluids and help achieve peak performance.
If you exercise at a high intensity for more than 60 minutes, or if you sweat a lot during exercise, replacing electrolytes becomes important. Electrolytes include salt (sodium, chloride) and potassium which regulate many body functions. Chocolate milk naturally contains both sodium and potassium.
During your workout, your body uses carbohydrate stores (called glycogen) in your muscles for energy.
As glycogen becomes depleted, so does your ability to perform at your peak. The faster these stores are replenished after exercise (ideally within 30 minutes), the better you can perform during your next day's workout.
Chocolate milk has the carbohydrates your body needs to replenish these energy stores so you can work out harder and longer tomorrow1,2.
When you continually push yourself with intense workouts, you need protein to help you recover. The protein in chocolate milk can help to repair damaged muscle tissues and promote muscle growth3.
It will prepare your body for tomorrow's workout - whether it's on the field, at the track or in the gym.