What to Drink Before and After a Workout

Water is still the best drink of choice before a workout – it will help keep you hydrated during your workout. Two to three cups of water two to three hours before your exercise is recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine. For a post-workout drink, you have other hydration options. 

  • Chocolate milk has high water content, essential electrolytes, and adequate carbs to replace lost glycogen stores. 
  • Coconut water has high levels of potassium and magnesium, antioxidants and other nutrients, and contains less sodium compared to sports drinks. 
  • Cherry juice decreases muscle damage and prevents loss of strength. 
  • Green and/or black tea effectively oxidizes fat, reduces muscle soreness, and helps with muscle recovery.

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