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Benefits of drinking coffee before workout

Coffee just doesn’t give you a kick for the day, it can energise you for your workout too. If you exercise, caffeine can offer even more functional benefits for your workouts.

Exercise & Fitness By Ariba KhaliqJul 10, 2014

The Aromatic Kick of Coffee

If coffee is your weakness and you refuse to give it up for anything, you are in for good news. Your favourite drink is actually a superfood for people who exercise. A Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took pre-exercise caffeine burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared with those who took a placebo. Imagine how coffee could give your active lifestyle a kick with all that taste and super rich aroma. The functional benefits of coffee before workout begin here. Image Courtesy: Getty


Coffee Helps Lose Weight

When you consume coffee, your fat cells work as energy sources and not like glycogen. Plus, consuming high amount of coffee speeds up metabolism and suppresses appetite. This makes one consume less food. So, don’t forget to enjoy a cup of coffee before you workout for the desired weight loss. Image Courtesy: Getty


Drinking Coffee Increases Performance

According to a report published in the journal Sports Medicine, caffeine consumption helps athletes to train at a greater power output and/or train longer. Not convinced yet? The British Journal of Sports Science discovered that volunteers ran 4.2 seconds faster during a 1500-meter treadmill run than those who did not consume coffee before running. Don’t run to make a cup yet, read the full post for benefits of coffee before workout. Image Courtesy: Getty


A Cup of Coffee before Workout Decreases Muscle Pain

Trying to complete more reps at a higher resistance weight training session and failing every time? Why don’t you drink a cup of coffee before you try them again? Who knows you might succeed. And, the University of Illinois promises that you will be able to run faster and longer during cardio workouts too.  Image Courtesy: Getty


Coffee aids in Preventing Muscle Loss

Sports scientists at Coventry University found that caffeine helped offset the loss of muscle strength that occurs with ageing. If taken in moderation, coffee can help preserve overall fitness and reduce the risk of age-related injuries. Image Courtesy: Getty


It Improves Blood Circulation

A Japanese research observed that when some non-regular coffee drinkers drank caffeinated coffee, they experienced 30% increase in their blood flow over a 75-minute period as compared with the other non-regular coffee drinkers who drank the decaf type. A better blood circulation = a better workout. Image Courtesy: Getty


Having Coffee before Workout Lessens Pain

Another benefit of drinking coffee before exercising is that it pushes you just a little harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and endurance. Scientists at the University of Illinois confirmed that consuming caffeine equivalent to two to three cups of coffee an hour before 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise reduced muscle pain. Image Courtesy: Getty


Boost Your Memory with a Cup of Coffee before Workout

When you need to recall specific exercises or routines during your workouts, drinking coffee before them could prove to be a boon. A 2014 study by Johns Hopkins University noted that caffeine enhances memory up to 24 hours after it's consumed. Coffee should be made a mandatory beverage during exam days, eh? Image Courtesy: Getty


Have Coffee for more Energy during Workouts

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that a little caffeine post-exercise may also be beneficial, particularly for endurance athletes who perform day after day. Compared with consuming carbohydrates alone, a caffeine/carb combo resulted in a 66% increase in muscle glycogen four hours after intense, glycogen-depleting exercise. Glycogen, the form of carbohydrate that gets stockpiled in muscle, serves as vital energy "piggy bank" during exercise to power strength moves and fuel endurance. Image Courtesy: Getty


Just Don’t Overdo it

Excess of everything is bad and this rule applies to coffee consumption also. The maximum amount of caffeine recommended for enhancing performance with minimal side-effects is up to 6 mg per kg of  body weight, which is about 400 mg per day for a person of average weight. Image Courtesy: Getty

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