You’ve heard it before. Water’s great for you and you should drink as much as you can tolerate. That’s all fine and dandy until you’ve gotten through a workout that left you drenched and drained of not only your body water but also essential carbohydrates, and frankly, more water’s just not going to cut it.
Vitamin Water: Its name tells you exactly what it is, and that’s water with some vitamins thrown in. Here’s a quick rundown: you get Vitamin C, a host of B vitamins and some Zinc thrown in there as well. While it may seem and taste like sugar water, it essentially is just that. For rigorous workouts, the body loses energy, so for a quick pick-me-up to hold you over until your next meal, Vitamin Water is a good option.
Gatorade: Although marketed as a “sports drink”, Gatorade is an all-around after-intense-anything drink. In addition to the energy and water you lose from a workout or any demanding activity, you also burn off carbohydrates and electrolytes that aren’t easily replaced. That’s where Gatorade comes in, and does a pretty good job of it.
Protein Shake: If after your workout you find yourself shaking, it’d probably do you some good to down a protein shake. While it can be consumed in place of a meal, protein shakes work to repair and build upon muscles that have been worked out. The lack of that replenishment can lead to extreme hunger pangs and your muscles not recovering in time for the next workout.
So for something to keep you going through the day, go for Vitamin Water. For some rejuvenation and replenishment, try Gatorade. If you’re hungry and overworked after a workout session, a good protein shake is the best option.