We’ve mentioned before how drinking coffee can help with your workouts, but here are five reasons why drinking coffee shortly before exercising can help you improve your performance.
A Japanese study discovered that those who regularly drink one cup of coffee a day experience a 30% increase in blood flow over a 75-minute time period in comparison to those who drank decaf coffee. Improved circulation is important during workouts because it helps your muscles get more oxygen.
You may hear “no pain, no gain,” but it doesn’t mean that you always want to feel that pain or that pain is entirely necessary. A research study from the University of Illinois found that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee one hour before exercise reduced any perceived muscle pain. As a result, caffeine could help you push past that initial barrier you might have during strength-training or endurance-training workouts.
Research from Johns Hopkins University found that caffeine boosts memory up to 24 hours after consumption. This kind of memory boost can help remember specific exercises or routines with a workout, such as Zumba, aerobics, or a specific weight training exercise.
Coventry University scientists discovered that caffeine helps reduce the loss of muscle strength that naturally occurs with old age. It’s suggested that consuming caffeine in moderation could preserve overall fitness and lower the risk of age-related injuries from exercise.
Drinking a little caffeine after exercising can also be beneficial, especially for those athletes who perform every day. By consuming caffeine with carbs after working out, the body produces more muscle glycogen compared to those who do not. This glycogen is then reserved in the muscles as extra fuel for later workouts, allowing you to potentially exercise harder and longer without injury.
Remember though, moderation is key!
Don’t forget that in all of these studies, only one or two cups of coffee proved effective. It’s never a good idea to overdo coffee, and it could cause more harm than good with your exercise. In order to get the best benefits from drinking coffee with your exercise, remember to drink more water than coffee, drink a consistent amount of coffee each day, and don’t drink coffee within 6 hours before you need to go to sleep. Getting enough sleep is just as vital for a good workout!