Dairy products and exercise: tasteful ideas for your daily training
The time you spend and the effort you make during exercise can only be of benefit if your body is strong and able to cope with stress and exhaustion. In this context, proper nutrition has been found to play a crucial role, since adequately meeting your nutritional needs increases the chances of success during workout and helps you reach the maximum level of physical activity and fitness. You should therefore keep in mind that a proper diet before and during exercise, as well as a proper post workout nutritional recovery, can determine your athletic performance and maximize the benefits of exercise on your body.
Growing scientific evidence suggests that the consumption of dairy products (i.e. milk, yoghurt and cheese) is associated with both a short and a long-term improvement of athletic performance, fitness level and health status in general. Indeed, dairy products provide a practical, tasty and economical option, through which you can adequately meet your dietary needs before, during and after exercise.
Consumption of dairy products (e.g. yoghurt) before exercise can limit the sense of hunger and meet your carbohydrate and energy needs. In addition, the low glycemic index (GI) of dairy products ensures a smooth change in your blood glucose levels, reducing the probability of hypoglycemia due to intense physical activity or due to the lack of food consumption during exercise.
Fluid and carbohydrate intake during exercise prevents the occurrence of exhaustion and fatigue and at the same time has been shown to significantly improve athletic performance. Under this scope, milk consumption during exercise is an excellent choice, since it can contribute to your body’s proper hydration, and provide adequate amounts of energy, vitamins and electrolytes that your body needs during workout.