We have all seen them. The picture of health walking into the gym with a large cup of coffee in hand! Honestly, is that a good idea before a workout? Actually, yes!
Research has shown that drinking a cup of java before your morning workout can help to boost your performance.
“Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system, the heart, and possibly the ‘center’ that controls blood pressure,” all of which play a vital role in helping your mind and body push harder in a workout, says Heidi Skolnik, M.S., a sports nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Conditioning, Inc. “It can also increase the release of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine, which affects pain receptors and mood while you’re working out.”*
Caffeine is absorbed within 15 to 45 minutes of drinking it, but its peak effects happen between 30 and 75 minutes. So when should you drink that cup of coffee before hitting the gym? Researches say about one hour before your workout is the best time.
Drink More Fluids
“You’ll want more fluids than just an eight-ounce mug of Joe to get adequately prepped, though. Chasing your brew with some water is key if you’re not getting to your workout right away. “Coffee counts as a fluid,” says Skolnik, but you’ll still want some additional liquid in your tank. If you have an hour or two before your workout, pair your java with seven to 12 ounces of water.”*
Burning the Fat
Perhaps the greatest benefit of drinking a cup of Joe before your workout is its fat-burning properties. Coffee, when consumed before exercise, can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Also, the high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will increase your metabolism Opens a New Window. , which makes you burn more calories throughout the day. Having coffee before exercise enhances that effect.
As a bonus, caffeine and other compounds found in the good stuff act as an appetite suppressant, making you consume less overall.
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*Source Dailyburn.com and Mensjournal.com