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4 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

Friday, October 10, 2014

All around the world people rely on their morning caffeine kick to arouse themselves from their night-time slumber and kick-start the day.


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But in addition to the energising early morning effects of caffeine, a cup of coffee can also have further functional benefits when it comes to exercise and wellbeing in general.

Indeed, in recent years there have been numerous studies which have backed up this line of thought.


For example, a 2014 Spanish study, which was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, revealed that those athletes who


took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo.


According to the study, the optimum amount of caffeine required to feel the benefits is around 3-4mg per kilogram of bodyweight, and this should be taken about one hour prior to exercise.

So how can a cup of coffee help us perform better in the gym? What are the exact benefits?

Let’s take a closer look at four reasons why you should drink coffee before your workout…


1) Enhanced Performance


Time and time again, caffeine has been proven to be a powerful ergogenic aid – that is, something which contributes to improved performance during high intensity exercise.

Studies reveal that after caffeine consumption, athletes can train for much longer and with more power/speed.


2) Boosts Focus


A pre-workout cup o‘ Joe can also boost mental focus during exercise.

Combined with the increase in endurance and power/speed provided, this can lead to extremely productive workout sessions, as you huff and puff with the seeming intensity of an international athlete.


3) Accelerate Fat Loss


Another benefit of taking a cup of coffee prior to lacing up your trainers is that caffeine is proven to provide a range of fat loss benefits.


Coffee can help burn fat as, during exercise, it causes the body to use fat cells for energy as opposed to glycogen.


What’s more, a caffeine intake correlates with increase metabolism, which forces your body to burn more calories during the day, and it also suppresses appetite, satiating those cravings which are oh so bad for your waistline!  


4) Diminished Muscle Pain


Studies also show that a pre-workout injection of caffeine can lead to decreased muscle soreness when exercising.

So whether you’re pumping iron or racing down the tarmac, a cup of coffee will help you perform more reps and allow you to run for further with less muscular pain, resulting in a much more effective workout.


Summary


So there we have it – four reasons why you should include a pre-workout cup of coffee in your daily workout regimen.


As if it being delicious and making you feel better about yourself wasn’t enough!


At the end of the day, why waste your money on fancy sports supplements and flashy stimulants when a good old fashioned brew is all that you really need to improve performance?


Do you take a cup of coffee before hitting the gym? Does it make you more productive and able to conquer the world? Let us know your thoughts!


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