Milk, the best rehydration aid after exercise.

There has been a growing interest in milk and it’s uses in exercise. Most of the studies are small ones but the evidence is mounting and consistently shows that milk is a great way to rehydrate after exercise.

Skimmed milk has been found to be an effective post-exercise rehydration aid and is more effective at  the fluid balance restoration than sports drinks.

Low fat chocolate milk  has also been used to provide fluid after exercise.  Its ratio of 4:1 Carbohydrate to protein plus the sodium in it have been found to be very effective, leading to it being used by athletes, such as Michael Phelps.

Pilates with Priya: milk to rehydrate.
Pilates with Priya: milk to rehydrate.


Milk contains:

Protein – 80% casein, 20% whey which may reduce muscle damage and aid muscle repair. Who needs a protein shake when you can have the natural form of protein?

Branched chain amino acids – leucine, isoleucines and valine, making supplements unnecessary.

Carbohydrate – in the form of lactose to replenish the muscle and liver glycogen stores that will have been used up.

Fat – to fill you up post-exercise 🙂

Calcium – for bone health.

Water – 87%

Electrolytes – sodium and potassium which improve rehydration, helping you rehydrate quicker than with water alone.

I’m not suggesting you need to have a glass of milk after a walk or a gentle exercise session but when you know you need to rehydrate and replenish milk is a great choice.