Post-Workout Shakes: Beneficial or Not?

I can remember, pre-pandemic, venturing over to a friend’s house to workout together. She suggested we do an intense HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout regimen. I knew right away that this workout would leave me a victim of D.O.M.S. (Delayed onset muscle soreness). Although hesitant, I acquiesced. 

The workout was as intense and laborious as I had imagined it would be, but as I reached for my water at the conclusion of the workout, she reached for her post workout recovery shake. Being a good friend and hostess, she offered me one, but I quickly declined. I have never been a fan of protein shakes and was reluctant due to my sensitive gag reflex and thoughts of a repugnant aftertaste. However, the next day, as I could barley walk or get out of bed, I laid in bed wondering, “do recovery shakes really work?” 

First you may be asking, “what is a recovery shake?” Good question. A recovery shake or drink is generally anything that you drink post-workout to speed up the body’s recovery after a workout. The purpose of it is to decrease your down time from your last workout (whether it’s due to muscle soreness, fatigue, etc.), so you’re more prepared going into your next workout. According to an article published by the University of Wisconsin, “you are able to get food and nutrition into your system fairly quickly post-workout and it can be much easier on the stomach vs solid foods. Plus, it can assist hydration.” 

What makes a good recovery drink? According to my research, for a recovery drink to be effective it should contain: 

• Protein 

• Carbohydrates 

• Electrolytes 

Some articles suggest the recovery shake should be consumed within 60-90 minutes after your workout, but doesn’t necessarily mean you need to drink one after every workout. While others believe that as long as you have it within the first 20-30 minutes after your workout you will respond well. 

So, when should you use a recovery drink? One article, written on, suggests you should consume a recovery drink, “if you are training or competing more than once in a single day, a recovery drink after your first session is a good idea. If you are riding back-to-back days of long miles (like during a bike tour, cycling camp, or stage race), then it’s a good idea as well.” 

But do they work? Well, the verdict is still out on this for me. Some articles swear by the effectiveness of recovery drinks, while others imply that your body will naturally recover as long as you are eating a healthy diet. Regardless, one thing is certain, after a tough workout your body has lost hydration and energy sources. So, no matter if you decide to drink a recovery shake or stick to your normal routine (whatever that may be), keep in mind that your body needs to be rehydrated and hydration and daily nutrients are key ingredients to living a healthy and fit life, whether consumed in liquid or solid form.

Article by Carolyn Miller  


1) UW Health Sports The Rules of Recovery Drinks Date posted: 10/11/2017 

2) Chris Carmichael Top 3 Myths About Post-Workout Protein and Recovery


Hidden Dangers of Virtual Learning: How to Prepare a Workstation for Kids

During these unprecedented times, many schools in the US and worldwide are closed, forcing students and teachers to adapt to virtual learning. But, this can be very dangerous to a child’s health in general. Most of the schools that adopt this approach have provided families with laptops and (in some cases) tablets. As mentioned in our previous blogs, problems can arise from prolonged use of technology such as neck pain, back pain, elbow pain, or carpal tunnel syndrome. These same issues could affect children, depending on how much screen time they spend doing virtual learning. There could be long term implications on a child’s physical and mental wellbeing; for example, a poor computer set-up can lead to tendinitis (inflammation of tendons) along the wrist, forearm, and elbow. Poor posture can also lead to back pain and neck pain. A previous blog, “Home office Ergonomics,” mentioned the importance of setting up a proper workstation to work from home. A well-designed work station, paired with stretching and rest breaks, can help prevent neck pain and tendinitis in adults and kids.  

Parents/caretakers are doing their best to assist their children with virtual learning. Still, many are unconsciously ignoring the importance of creating a safe and comfortable digital workstation for their children. However, setting up a workstation for kids can be slightly more difficult due to their smaller size.

 Here are some quick tips to help make sitting in front of a computer more comfortable: 

• Keep your monitor at eye level, and place your keyboard close to your body. 

• Sit in a chair with back support to avoid slumping. 

• Make sure your feet are firmly planted on the ground, or use a footstool if your feet don’t reach the ground. 

Items to consider purchasing if your child is working with a laptop: 

• Laptop Kickstand. 

• Computer mouse and keyboard. 

• Headset.

 One should take this approach when setting up a child’s workstation for virtual learning. Don’t be afraid to get creative and use seat boosters and props. Yoga blocks make for an easy, non-permanent work station modification. But most importantly, remember that they are kids, and movement is by far the most important tip for your child. Taking regular rest periods away from the screen is essential for their health. Provide your child with active options during those rest periods. For example, jumping jacks, hula hoop, jump rope, going up and downstairs, or simply just walking. Try to add the fun factor to a routine and recognize their hard work.

REHAB AT WORK staff are ready to assist you and answer any questions in setting up a safe workstation for you and your child(ren). Or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, then contact one of our offices and schedule an appointment so we can help you feel better.

Article by Carlos Salinas

Helpful links:

Computer Workstation Checklist

Is Your Smartphone a Pain in the Neck?