Did you know that coffee could help you hit your fitness goals? Yes, of course it’s great for getting going in the morning. Additionally, drinking coffee at the right times has added benefits.
1-HIT FITNESS GOALS FASTER
Before working out, coffee can cause fat to be used as an energy source rather than glycogen. Black coffee contains high amounts of caffeine, resulting in a faster metabolism and causing more calories to be burned throughout the day. The caffeine also acts as an appetite suppressant causing you to consume less calories.
2- INCREASE FOCUS
Adenosine, a neurotransmitter, in coffee is a byproduct of your body breaking down food which is why people may experience a “food coma” after eating. Caffeine binds to Adenosine creating an extreme alert state. Drinking coffee before a workout keeps you focused.
3- IMPROVE WORKOUT PERFORMANCE
Sports Magazine has referred to caffeine as a “powerful ergogenic aid” in previous articles. Studies show there’s a link between athletic performance, fitness and caffeine before a workout. Coffee raises blood pressure and heart rate causing fats to be broken down and used for energy.
4- DECREASE MUSCLE PAIN
Coffee helps reduce muscle pain. Want to run faster, longer and do more reps? An added benefit of caffeine blocking adenosine receptors is the blocking of pain receptors. Dopamine and beta-endorphins, natural pain killers are also released, assisting you to push through those tough workouts.
5- SPEED UP WORKOUT RECOVERY
Post workout pain is caused by inflammation, a natural process the body goes through. However, too much inflammation can slow down recovery. Natural antioxidants in coffee can help reduce excess inflammation and speed up your recovery time. Studies show consuming a cup of coffee 24-48 hours after a workout reduces pain by 50%.
Caffeine peaks between 30-75 minutes after consumption. Keeping this in mind, you’ll be able to time and maximize it’s benefits before your workout.
We hope this brings a new perspective to how coffee can be beneficial to you and a healthy lifestyle. Use coffee to crush your fitness goals and stay tuned for more benefits!