Milk: Fitness Drink
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Milk: Fitness Drink

When you are thinking of fitness drinks, milk very likely doesn't come to mind. But let me tell you why I think it is the perfect drink for fitness enthusiasts.

Milk contains:
  • 9 essential nutrients
  • Calcium and Vitamin D to maintain bone strength
  • High quality protein to help build muscle (when combined with exercise)
  • Electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium that are lost in sweat
  • Fluid to hydrate you

Research proves it

How much?
Aim for 3 glasses (8 oz each) of low fat or fat free milk every day. It is easy to get them in.
  • Smoothie made with milk
  • Cereal with milk
  • Glass of milk with meals
  • Glass of chocolate milk after a workout
  • Pudding made with milk
Drink it anytime
While I personally can't imagine drinking milk during exercise, fitness doesn't just happen during exercise. Your lifestyle choices outside of the gym also play a part. Drink a glass of milk before a workout for energy or after a workout for recovery. Drink water during exercise.
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