The thoughts people hold in regard to consuming coffee truly vary widely, usually depending on just who you are speaking to about it. This article is focused on drinking coffee before workout, and perhaps to some, a few rather surprising positives to be considered. Let’s take a look at them now.
For starters, recent tests have shown how working out after downing coffee can in fact be a weight loss advantage to the person performing the exercise. Those tests and studies show athletes burned approximately 15% more calories 3 hours after completing their exercise workout. Still another real positive that recent studies have confirmed is the improved circulation seen in those who consume 2 to 3 cups of coffee about one hour before working out. This improved circulation contributes to reduction of perceived muscle pains. The whole thought behind this is that the caffeine helps one to push harder during the workouts resulting in positive improvements in one’s muscle strength and endurance.
The next positive may seem a bit strange to some, but when you think about it, it does make sense. Another positive of caffeine consumption is better memory. The boost in the brain power helps one focus intently on the specific exercises and routines one is carrying out. Still another real plus, particularly for those of us aging a bit is the fact that caffeine contributes to offsetting any loss of muscle that normally comes with the aging process. This is a great plus to one’s overall fitness, particularly as the aging process goes forward.
Still another true positive is the increased muscle fuel glycogen, which is the carbohydrate stockpiled in muscle, and serves during the exercise process to power moves and fuel endurance. A caffeine/carb combo taken prior to exercise will fuel this positive.
Those are some of the positives coffee before workout produces, but again, everything should be taken in moderation and not to excess.