What do you think? Can you drink coffee before working out? If so should you?
This may be a question you ask yourself and the answer is a resounding YES you can drink coffee before working out. If fact, you probably should drink coffee before working out.
I have heard that coffee has great health benefits in the past and now just recently there seems to be even more evidence to enjoy coffee! I am really pleased with even more evidence that coffee is very good for you. I love coffee and drink two cups every morning. When I am working out, I drink an extra cup a little before.
The workout benefits of coffee on
Coffee of course gives a boost in energy levels. Studies have found that there is in fact a link between athletic performance and caffeine intake before exercise. Everyone is different but having at least 1 cup of coffee about 1 hour before exercise can improve endurance and performance.
The caffeine in coffee really helps with energy levels and you may find that your workout is so much easier and your form is better as your focus is sharper.
I don’t think my workout would be as fun either as my energy level gets a boost, so does my mood.
Having two to three cups of coffee can increase metabolism as much as 25% above baseline most notably in the first 30 to 90 minutes after consumption. Your metabolism gets going and that means a great energetic workout.
Increased metabolism not only means a great workout, but I find that I am more energetic the rest of the day. This is probably due in part because of the coffee and in part just feeling good from exercising and because I did exercise!
Coffee not only increases metabolism but also is an appetite suppressant. You will tend to eat less overall thereby helping to shed unwanted pounds. A study done at the Griffin University Center for Health Innovations has shown “less hunger and a greater sensation of fullness in those having 2 coffees.”
I used to always drink coffee before my meal because I felt it helped me eat less. It is really a great way to suppress your appetite without any diet pills. Although, you can get Caffeine pills to take if you don’t like the taste of coffee.
Theobromine is a metabolite of caffeine. It is also a central nervous system stimulant.
Caffeine helps you focus on your workout. This can help out power and endurance, helping to buffer our perception of effort. If you can focus when you are exercising, you actually get a more effective workout.
Your form will be better and the muscles you are trying to effect will be targeted and the outcome will be much better. For instance, focusing on a certain muscle or muscle group as we perform the movement improves the actual performance and outcome.
-Decreased muscle pain
Research at The university of Illinois showed that those that consumed coffee prior to exercise had less muscle pain during exercise and The Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Rhode Island showed that there was delayed muscle soreness in those that had ingested caffeine.
Theophylline is another metabolite of caffeine. It has a stimulus effect along with anti inflammatory properties. It also blocks the action of adenosine a neurotransmitter that induces sleep.
A recent article in the European Journal of Sports Science states:
“The Efficacy of acute caffeine ingestion in enhancing aerobic performance is well established.”
-Accelerated fat loss
Coffee before a workout can accelerate fat burning. We burn glycogen when we exercise. It is usually the glycogen in our muscles but when we drink coffee, we begin to burn the fat instead of the glycogen. (our body stores glucose that is not needed for energy in the form of glycogen in our liver and skeletal muscles)
Having a cup of coffee before working out can increase our bodies fat burning for a couple of hours after the workout!
Its not just the caffeine in coffee that helps to burn fat. Other compounds such as Chlorogenic acid slows the release of glucose into the bloodstream which means slower carbohydrate absorption.
Yes is the obvious answer to “Can you drink coffee before working out”? But there are other benefits that make it extra special to go ahead and drink that cup of Java.
Enjoying a cup of coffee has many health benefits other that helping your workout.
Coffee is one of the top antioxidants and actually has a multitude of health benefits. A study of 50,00 women showed that those who drank caffeinated coffee had a 20% decrease in depression.
Long term coffee drinkers have been shown to have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Drinking coffee seems to significantly lower ones chances of developing diabetes. It’s the fully loaded kind though. Decaf doesn’t seem to have the same benefit.
Drinking caffeinated beverages including tea and other caffeinated beverages as well as coffee can lower the risk of Parkinson’s and gallbladder disease.
A large study by the National Institute of Health showed that coffee drinkers were less likely to die of diseases such as heart disease, respiratory disease, and stroke. The benefits were the same in caffeinated and decaf coffee! Those who drank three or more cups a day seemed to have the most health benefits.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed finding out that you can drink coffee before working out and also reap other health benefits.
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