The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

How can milk help with exercise recovery?

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Proper recovery after intense exercise is vital to support performance in training or competitions. Milk helps the body to refuel by providing lactose (energy); repair by providing high-quality protein (muscle growth and repair); rehydrate by providing electrolytes (potassium, sodium) and fluid needed.

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Adequate recovery after intense exercise is essential to ensure sustained performance in subsequent training sessions or competitive events. Many athletes consider milk to be a convenient, accessible and affordable drink to consume after exercise to address the key considerations of recovery:

  • Refuel: Milk naturally contains a form of carbohydrates (lactose), which assists in refuelling energy stores.
  • Repair: Milk provides high-quality protein (casein and whey), which contributes to muscle growth and repair.

Rehydrate: Milk naturally contains electrolytes (e.g. potassium) and is packaged as a fluid (approximately 87% water) to aid rehydration.

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