When it comes to getting fit, often times people forget that it is not only the exercise that counts. What you do after your workout counts just as much. The recovery that will have you well on your way to your fitness goals.
The key to refueling and replenishing your muscles, is hydrating with the right drink that will provide you with the recommended 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein. With there being so many brands out there that claim to do the trick, we’ve complied a list of a few drinks that will maximize your recovery process.
No matter what your workout is, long or short, these drinks will quench your thirst:
I’m sure we all already know that water is essential even if you’re not working out, but if you exercised for under an hour, water is the perfect (zero calorie) recovery drink. While water doesn’t have the protein that other drinks may have, just make sure to pair it with a post-workout snack.
Who would have thought this delicious indulgence would be a great recovery drink too? It’s packed with calcium, crucial for strong muscles and bones. This choice also has the recommended 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein needed to replenish your body and restore muscle glycogen.
If you’ve worked out under hour, like still water, coconut water is a great option to drink after exercising. This drink is extremely hydrating even though it doesn’t have sodium, it still contains other nutrients like magnesium and potassium (crucial for proper organ function).
Smoothies can be great options for your post-workout recovery because, depending on the ingredients, they can blend everything your body will need. Check out our healthy smoothie choices to have after your next workout!
Drinks such as Gatorade and Vitamin Water are perfect because they have been formulated with the nutrients needed to recover. They end up replacing the sodium lost through sweat during a workout and this is important in order to keep your muscles and nerves functioning properly. But be conscious because they contain over 100 calories per 16 ounces!
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