(DETROIT, MI July 11, 2011) – You have just worked out and broke some sweat. Now it is time to replenish your body with a tall glass of refreshing, cold…chocolate milk.

Surprised? Don’t be! A new University of Texas study found that low-fat chocolate milk is a great post-exercise drink.

“After resistance training, it is very important to help the body recuperate,” says Prussia Hall, a personal trainer at every BODY in Detroit, MI. “This new research confirms that chocolate milk is excellent for this purpose because it has a good carbohydrate to protein ratio, which helps replenish energy systems, as well as repair and build more muscle than traditional sports drinks.”

This newest study comes on the heels of earlier research suggesting that ingredients in low-fat chocolate milk, such as calcium, sodium and a bit of sugar, lead to a quicker post- exercise recovery.

What if low-fat chocolate milk is not your cup of tea? If your exercise routine is especially intense, Hall says you might benefit from a post-workout sports drink – the ingredients included in these beverages will increase your energy level and help you recover quicker.

Hall stresses that while a post-training drink is important for the recovery process, so is sufficient hydration during the exercise itself.

In fact, data from the American Council on Exercise shows that the body can lose more than a quart of water during one hour of exercise – fluids that must be replaced not only to improve the quality of your workout, reduce fatigue and muscle cramping, but also to prevent the dangers of dehydration – heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even kidney failure.

“Therefore, drinking water during a workout – about 4 to 6 ounces for every 15-20 minutes of exercise – is essential, and even more so in the summer,” Hall says.

What are the best workout thirst quenchers?

“Basically, it depends on your goals, taste, as well as the length and intensity of your sessions,” Hall says. “However, it is wise to avoid drinks that are high in calories and sugar- you don’t want to put on weight – and certainly stay away from alcohol.”

For best hydration, Hall recommends:

• Water is still the best choice for hydration, especially if weight loss is your goal and for less strenuous workouts.

• For high intensity, longer duration workouts, you may want to consider a sports-drink that is low in sugar and contains electrolytes. And for those who are adventurous and open to new experiences, you may want to consider beetroot juice, this might be a refreshing alternative. A new research from Exeter University in Britain shows that, due to high nitrate levels present in this drink, it not only hydrates, but also boosts athletic performance.

“Whatever fluids you choose, be consistent about hydration, not just during your workout but throughout the day” Hall says. “It’s one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure a safe and effective workout and recovery period, and overall better health.”

About every BODY:

Launched by fitness expert Prussia Hall in October 2008, every BODY offers women’s only and co-ed personal training and boot camp fitness programs which specialize in the areas of women’s fitness, corporate wellness, teen health, weight loss and nutrition. Program details and client testimonials are available at Hall, a certified fitness expert with over 8 years experience in the fitness industry, can be reached at or 800-217-8247.

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About Prussia Hall, Fitness Expert:

Hall is a certified fitness expert (B.B.A., M.S., NASM, CPT) with over 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Hall can be reached at or 800-217-8247 and is available for media interviews on topics related to health, wellness and fitness.

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