The top 5 benefits of coffee for fitness
- Coffee as an energy booster
Why else would you drink coffee if not for the buzz? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for some time, coffee naturally contains which just happens to be the world’s most popular psychoactive drug. So how does caffeine factor in on our workouts? Well, it really wakes you and keeps you up. It makes you lift past your limits (probably with better form) and can help you break your running record whether speed or distance. Granted that it heightens your senses, it definitely keeps you focused. Your body’s reaction time is faster therefore enabling you to avoid or bail out of a ailed repetition. This is imperative particularly for those squatting their max.
By itself, caffeine already has a lot of benefits. For that same reason do caffeine supplements exist. Because believe it or not there are definitely people out there who don’t or can’t drink coffee. But if you’re like me, having caffeine naturally present in coffee is a definite bonus.
- Coffee as a fat burner
A cup of coffee, specially plain, black coffee, enhances our body’s metabolic rate by 3-11%. And of course a higher metabolic rate means a better fat furnace for you. I specially recommend coffee as an after-meal drink specially as a drink after lunch. I wouldn’t exactly recommend this after dinner specially if you’re not active at night.
- Coffee as a source of nutrition
Did you know coffee has vitamins and minerals too? A cup of coffee contains a good serving of nutrients, with some of them being Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Potassium, Manganese, Niacin and Magnesium. It has also become common knowledge that coffee contains antioxidants and we all know antioxidants prevent certain cancers.
- Coffee as a source of happiness
Personally, when I have to face an issue or if life sometimes gets me down, I’m yearning for a cup of brewed coffee. I didn’t exactly know why I crave the stuff when I’m sad or feeling lonely. So it came to me as a pleasing surprise that an actual study has found that the risk for depression decreases with increased consumption of coffee. Now isn’t that something worth smiling for? I know I did.
- Coffee as a weight loss solution
One of the reasons why I prefer black coffee is because it has almost zero calories. That’s right, zero freaking calories. It’s almost guilt free, really, if drinking too much of the stuff wasn’t a problem (which we’ll discuss later). I used to drink a lot of sweet coffee but after finding out how many calories I drink per serving, I literally now just drink water, tea, and coffee. You can always choose to add something to make the drink more vibrant and tasty. But seriously, once your taste buds learn to like the taste of plain coffee you’ll want it untouched.
Coffee before you workout
There are a lot of formulated pre-workout drinks out there but for those on a tight budget, coffee should be sufficient. The buzz is one benefit everyone enjoys but there are a few specific benefits that particularly caters to gym rats.
- One good reason you should drink coffee before your lift is due its ability to improve blood circulation. It makes your heart pump faster which means your CO2 and O2 are exchanged at a faster than usual rate and this is a good thing. Why? Your muscles need oxygen to work efficiently and the only way for oxygen to get to your muscles is by your blood stream.
- Drinking coffee has been documented to improve memory which means you’ll be able to remember your workouts (together with sets and reps) better.
- A cup of coffee can actually help decrease muscle atrophy that happens as you age. I don’t need to explain further, do I?
Don’t drink too much
True enough, coffee has a lot of ammo when it comes to health and fitness benefits but it’s not exactly something you should drink like water. As with everything else, coffee overload is definitely not recommended. A few of the problems you could acquire are headaches, heart burns, restlessness, insomnia, and anxiety. If you workout regularly then perhaps you can drink more but a normal healthy adult caps the coffee limit to 400 mg of caffeine a day and that’s about four cups of freshly brewed coffee. Adolescents though shouldn’t drink more than one cup or 100 mg of caffeine a day.
Having a good cup of Joe is more than just merely enjoying the drink and the buzz. Regular consumption will give you a dose of healthy benefits specially if it’s black coffee. Among the benefits include the ability to enhance metabolism, burn fat, and fight cancer. It’s definitely a good recommendation as a pre-workout drink. It will keep you focused, steady, and will definitely stack on your workout benefits specially on your muscles. A cup of coffee is healthy and good avoid drinking too much of the stuff. It’s not healthy and would definitely lead to a lot of bodily complications you really don’t want to have. Remember, no matter how good anything is, moderation is the key. Even for coffee.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m craving for a mug right now. See you when I do!
He likes to tell people how to grow their money and how to naturally lose body fat. He owns Fit and Write, a website catered to his passion to write about health and fitness. His main weapon against weakness is the kettlebell.
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