When you are an athlete you train, and when you train you need to recover so you can continue to train hard. This week I want to give you the insight on what you need to look for in a quality recovery drink. The most important thing to be aware of is that after you train, and after you compete, you need to think about hydration and replenishing the water that you lost. Water, in fact, is the best thing to drink during competition. While rehydrating, however, you can also start thinking about the recovery your muscles need. In my research I found that a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio is the ideal ratio for your body’s recovery.
Now for what you can drink that will provide you with this ratio and get you on the road to recovery and able to train hard again soon after. In this there are numerous options but it boils down to two main factors. There are tons of different powdered recovery drink options available that can provide you with the proper 4:1 ratio and help you recover. Drinks such as Hammer Recoverite and Powerbar Recovery Drink will all provide you with the nutrients you need. My personal favorite recovery drink that I was a part of even before the recent fad is 2% Milk, or even more specifically a 1% or 2% Chocolate Milk. Milk will provide you with the proper balance of carbs to protein as well as other nutrients and give you everything you need to rebuild and succeed. Another big bonus for milk is that it can cost much less than conventional sports drinks.
So when you are thinking of what you can do to help your body recover after a training session, workout session, or competition, remember this information. Remember that you need to rehydrate, and then you need to recover and think about the main piece of information suggested here, a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help you rebuild effectively.