Caffeine Has Some Benefits When You Workout.

( Many people are taught to believe caffeine is harmful for the heart, and nerves. It can cause abnormal heartbeat, and have cause some to experience jitters. Yes, this is the case for some, and it is important to do all things in moderation. Water should always remain our primary drink to sustain proper health, and hydration. Furthermore, water is an absolute necessity when one is working out regularly. With that being said, caffeine is not as evil as we may think. When used in moderation it can actually have positive effects on the body. The following is granted one doesn’t have heart conditions, and other health issues that can be negatively affected by the consumption of caffeine.

I use to wonder why I saw people walking into the gym with a coffee cup. That morning cup of coffee actually assists the workout in the area of burning calorie. “The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For 150-pound woman (68 kg), that’s roughly 300 mg of caffeine, the amount in about 12 ounces of brewed coffee, a quantity you may already be sipping each morning.”

It is important to note that those that are working out very consistently will probably experience coffee being a body burning asset. It is important though, not to go overboard with the coffee, or caffeine in whichever form you are partaking of it. Some prefer energy drinks. It is recommended that the sugar free options are best, and they don’t load you up with as many carb, but you it is important to know your limits regarding caffeine. A 12oz Red bull has less caffeine than its Starbucks counterpart, and both can help jumpstart your workout.

Caffeine, via coffee, may also cause one to experience a bit less pain were strength workouts are concerned. “Scientists at the University of Illinois found that consuming the caffeine equivalent of two to three cups of coffee one hour before a 30-minute bout of high-intensity exercise reduced perceived muscle pain. The conclusion: caffeine may help you push just a little bit harder during strength-training workouts, resulting in better improvements in muscle strength and/or endurance.” Those that engage in strength workouts regularly are aware of the muscle discomfort that can develop. Though it is not lasting muscle pain reduction in such is always a plus.

By no means should anyone overconsume caffeine in any state (coffee, supplements, tea, energy drinks). It is very important to know how much caffeine you can handle knowing that this amount is different for everyone. However, your coffee may now serve a purpose that aids your workout in a positive manner. As always listen to your body first, and make sure you don’t have any health challenges that would become worse by consuming caffeine. If you have a green light enjoy your drink on the way to the gym.

Staff Writer; Christian Starr

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