6 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Next Workout

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coffeeOh, how I love you, coffee. Let me count the ways. 1) You help me get out of bed in the morning. 2) You make me a kinder person. 3) You help me work harder and think more clearly and ... um ... function as a human being. Now, it turns out there's even more reason to love that delicious cup o' joe: It can help us get fitter. Yep, recent studies have found that caffeine may give your workout a beneficial jolt, too.

Here are a few reasons it might be a good idea to scarf down a latte or a frothy cappuccino (or both!) before heading out on your next workout:

1. Caffeine can help you work out longer and harder: According to researchers in one British study, young men who drank a sugar-free beverage with caffeine an hour before working out were able to work out for a longer period of time and do more reps without getting exhausted than they did when they drank the same beverage without the caffeine.

2. Caffeine can improve your accuracy: Another recent study found that soccer players were able to dribble, head, and kick the ball with greater precision and agility after drinking caffeine. Caffeine not only made them more alert, it also improved their fine motor skills.

3. Caffeine can help you go faster: Sprinters, marathon runners, cyclists, rowers, swimmers, and tennis players can all get a speed boost from caffeine. And because it's perfectly legal for competitive athletes to use, caffeine is, according to The New York Times, "the most popular drug in sports" today.

4. Caffeine can help you feel less tired: The subjects in that British study reported feeling less tired after workouts before which they had drunk caffeine, even if they had worked out for longer.

5. Caffeine can make you feel better about your workout: Those same British study subjects were also more excited about working out again after workouts before which they had consumed caffeine.

6. Caffeine can be delicious: Latte, cappuccino, espresso ... mmmm!

Do you think you'll start drinking caffeine to give your workouts a boost?

 

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TinaB216 TinaB216

I drink coffee before every workout I have done it for years and swear by it

DejaV... DejaVooDoo

Personally, no I wouldn't. I've read some studies that say that caffeine is definitely good for helping to elongate performance with exercise. But it also carries its risky side. Overstimulation of the central nervous system and adrenals puts your endocrine system into a wacky state.


Not to leave out it is also dehydrating, and can deplete including stop absorption of key nutrients (more often iron and vitamin b). You need more of these nutrients during exercise, so I wouldn't take something that would contradict that. Moderation is cool, but water is my best friend during extreme activity. 

dolph... dolphmomma

The writer wasn't saying that we should all hook ourselves up to a coffee IV while working out but incorporate an amount of it before our workout routine.

I have had people gasp, laugh, and tell me I am crazy that I drink it while working out. But since I have started doing so my workout times have tripled along with the number of miles I do. Not to mention I have been logging better times while preparing for my first 5k.

I think my love of coffe has played a big part in getting this former fatty off of the couch and onto the treadmill every night. That in combination with a doctor supervised diet I am on down 84 pounds in 10 months & lost over 15 inches around my waist.

Just to make it clear I do have water within reach and drink that too. I just get a better workout combining coffee into the routine. To each his own!

nonmember avatar Guest

great news, I knew this already but good to read it too, if it was in a study

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

Any reason to have a latte is a good reason to me!

RetroMoe RetroMoe

Coffee, yes. Cream and sugar, no.

nonmember avatar Ross Currie

What I also know is that caffeine gives a natural boost to your metabolism, so if you are working out to burn some calories, the coffee will add on to that effect. I would still drink a sports drink after a tough workout to replenish nutrients, but a coffee before would be fine.

Subtain Malik

Only because of your last reason!
MmmMMmMM.!

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