I don’t know about you, but I love my morning cup (or two) before getting going. However, rarely is coffee seen as a precursor for exercise. Here in this article, we will look at some studies that suggest coffee can be enjoyed as part of an active lifestyle.
First, WEIGHT LOSS can be a result of coffee before exercise. A study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that athletes who drank caffeine pre-exercise burned 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise. As we know, the more calories we burn, the more fat we melt off!
Another advantage of pre-workout coffee is a DECREASE IN PAIN. University of Illinois scientists found that consuming two to three cups of coffee one hour before 30 minutes of high-intensity exercise actually reduced perceived muscle pain. If muscle pain is decreasing, muscle strength and endurance must be increasing!
Lastly, an interesting study was done at Coventry University. Performed by sports scientists on animals, this study found that caffeine helped offset the loss of muscle strength that occurs with aging. The scientists determined that coffee in moderation may help PRESERVE OVERALL FITNESS and reduce the risk of age-related injuries.
In conclusion, by simply implementing our coffee habits in with our exercise schedules, there will be several health benefits for us to reap. If you are a coffee lover like me, why not add some value to your habit by using it as a pre-workout supplement?