Before we get started, let’s get out of the way that red
wine will not be included in this list (we’ll save that for another day).
What I want to address here is what to drink and when to
enhance your workout and make sure that you’ve restored some of the energy lost
post-workout. Whether you are jumping on the treadmill or elliptical for just
an hour a day, or preparing for a marathon, what you put into your body can
either help or hurt you in the long run (no pun intended).
By far one of the most important things you could consume,
researchers say to drink 2-3 glasses of water, about 2-3 hours before your
workout. Water is actually attributed to maintain energy levels, as well.
Dehydration before a workout, especially a run, can lead to cramps, nausea, and
But when water gets too boring, sometimes it simply is just hard to keep hydrated. Try an
electrolyte-enhanced water, like Smartwater, or flavored water. Just be careful
when choosing; certain brands of flavored waters are packed with sugar and
What’s the real deal with sports drinks? They’re great during a workout. Sports drinks, such as
Gatorade and Powerade, restore the electrolytes lost in sweat. Not only that,
but the carbohydrates in these drinks act as great fuel for energy while you
Don’t think you’re off the hook just yet. When I say juice,
I mean REAL, 100% juice. It needs to come from a fruit, not a process that
involves machines and added sugars. When you drink a glass of 100% juice after
a workout, it helps to restore some important antioxidants. A glass of tart
cherry juice is a great resource for this.
Although too much dairy consumption is said to be unhealthy
for adults, milk is a great post-workout beverage. The carbohydrates and
protein in milk helps to aid in muscle recovery. Even chocolate milk works!
However, my suggestion is to go for organic milk if possible; the hormones
pumped into non-organic milk products block the nutrients our bodies need.
Remember that your body needs prepping and restoring when
working out regularly. Regenerate those muscles so that you can achieve your
workout goals beyond your expectations!