Athletes choose Milk

November is right around the corner and in Indiana many people know what is ahead… BASKETBALL SEASON!

The best time of the year!

My brother is a sophomore in high school and has been training for this upcoming season since the day after they lost sectionals last year. If he isn’t practicing on the court, he is outside shooting free throws. Every week he lifts weights and goes to speed school to improve his game. He is dedicated and wants to improve his skills any way he can.

During Fall Break, I went to our hometown gym to workout with him and my dad. You could  tell that I have been slacking and not been to the gym in awhile. The boys could lift almost triple me and I could not catch my breath after running. Right after we worked out my brother got chocolate milk from the gas station.

I was confused why he would get that instead of Gatorade or a bottle of water. He told me that chocolate milk is a really good recovery drink after having a tough work out. Chocolate milk contains nutrients like calcium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins D, A, and B12, and phosphorus. These nutrients help your body rebuild and refuel what your body may have lost during the workout.

So, not only is chocolate milk delicious but it also helps an athlete’s future performance. Some studies have shown that drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a hard workout can improve athletes power and even improve training times in future exercise. Also, it can reduce soreness the next day!

Chocolate milk is an easy and inexpensive way for athletes to improve their skill in whatever sport they may participate in. Chocolate milk has been able to keep up with the changing times by being easy accessible and it comes in a nice grab-and-go bottle. You can find milk anywhere! It could be at the gas station, a restaurant, or the grocery store. There are also different types of milk that everyone can enjoy and different flavors.

So, the next time you have a tough workout cool down with a refreshing glass of chocolate milk! Not only will your body thank you, but your teammates will too!

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