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5 Surprising Benefits Of Drinking Chocolate Milk Post-Workout

5 Surprising Benefits Of Drinking Chocolate Milk Post-Workout

When you head to the gym, chances are you either bring water or some type of sports drink along with you. I highly doubt you’d ever think of bringing a carton of chocolate milk to chug in between sets. Believe it or not, drinking chocolate milk after a workout is incredibly beneficial to your physical wellbeing in a variety of ways. Plus, be honest: you’ve been dying for a socially acceptable reason to drink chocolate milk ever since you became a boring old adult, anyway. If anyone at the gym gives you any weird looks, just let them know that through drinking chocolate milk:

1. You’ll replenish your electrolytes

When you hear the word ‘electrolytes’ you most likely think of Gatorade and bananas. We know that this popular sports drink replenishes water levels throughout the body, staving off dehydration, and we know that bananas are a great source of potassium. Potassium reduces muscle pain and fatigue. But chocolate milk actually contains more potassium than bananas, and has a much higher level of total electrolytes than Gatorade. Instead of consuming that sugary lime green stuff, drink a banana-chocolate milkshake after a nice, long workout. Your body will thank you, and so will your taste buds.

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2. You’ll get a protein hit

Specialists recommend consuming about 13-25 grams of protein after a workout and the protein content in one cup of chocolate milk ranges from around 8-11 grams. Live out your childhood dreams and pour that extra glass for yourself. Your body will thank you immediately, as well as during the day after your workout, because protein helps to repair muscle damage that can occur during workouts. Chocolate milk contains two types of protein; one is fast-acting, and one is released more slowly throughout the next day. Drinking chocolate milk after a workout quickens recovery time, and also helps to build up stamina and endurance.

3. You’ll boost your energy

Chocolate milk contains anywhere from 20-30 grams of total carbohydrates per serving, which is comparable to the amount of carbs in a Gatorade Endurance drink. Consuming carbohydrates after a workout replenishes energy levels. So, drinking chocolate milk after working out will help your body to avoid burning out. Furthermore, the carbohydrates within the chocolate replenishes your muscles, while you also reap the benefits of the protein in the milk.

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4. You’ll get a Vitamin D boost

One cup of chocolate milk contains an astounding one-third of your daily recommended Vitamin D intake. Vitamin D has been proven to strengthen your bones and teeth, and lends a helping hand in staving off a variety of diseases. A healthy increase in a person’s Vitamin D intake can lead to a lower risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, especially in children. Furthermore, daily doses of Vitamin D reduce your risk of developing Type I Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and certain types of cancer. The long-term benefits of maintaining a healthy intake of Vitamin D cannot be ignored- and you can’t argue with getting your daily dose of it from a few cups of chocolate milk.

5. You’ll replenish your calcium levels

Along with Vitamin D, chocolate milk also contains about a third of your recommended calcium intake. While anyone who paid attention in the 90s knows that milk “does a body good” due to its calcium content, it’s worth reiterating how beneficial calcium is to the bones of a growing body, as well as an athlete who constantly pushes their body it to its limits. Increasing your calcium intake can have a positive effect on your blood pressure, which has many short- and long-term benefits. Calcium also induces a “power stroke” which allows muscles to work at an optimal level.

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Now that I’ve gotten all the science out of the way, I’m going to go mix up some Quik!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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