Ever wondered that your pre-workout drink can actually be your bed-coffee. Yes!! You heard me. Coffee is one of the tastiest pre-workout drink. There are chances that you could wake up with sleepy eyes and force yourself for your routine workout. In such a case, coffee may prove to be a boon. It wakes up your body for a healthy and nutritive workout. Recently, several researchers have studied the nature of coffee and wrote articles on how coffee proves to be a great pre-workout drink.
Coffee’s ingredient ‘caffeine’ act as a stimulant and boosts athletic performance by drawing extra energy. Nutritionist Megan Medrano claims that coffee can help to perform exclusively well during intense exercises lasting for 5-20 minutes, provided you take it alongside food. This is why many nutritional bars or products had caffeine as an ingredient in it.
International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism claimed in an article that coffee enhances fat-burning while exercising. Also, there are studies describing that the athletes who drink coffee before a workout burn 15% more calories than the ones ingested with placebo.
The most important part of substituting coffee as a pre-workout drink is the timing. Coffee absorbs readily in the digestive system. It takes about 30- 60 for the process of digestion of the coffee. It may vary individually. Hence it is recommended to wait for at least 45mins to 1 hour to start a workout after having coffee. If it upsets your stomach, give it some more time to digest and then start your workout.
But, if you are an evening exerciser skipping pre-workout coffee is the best option if you don’t want to waive-off your precious night sleep. This is because coffee has a half-life of six hours to it can also be effective in the middle of the night and can deprive you of sleep. That is if you gulp a cup of coffee at 8 p.m you can not sleep until 2 am. in the morning.
One of the benefits is that coffee also helps to provide mental focus along with energy for physical strength. This combination helps in a healthy, effective and productive workout. At the University of Illinois, researchers have come up with a study that coffee also helps in soothing muscular pain. It has a high amount of antioxidants which prevent diseases. It also helps in controlling food consumption resulting in lower intake of high calories food and a healthier choice of food.
Hence, coffee proves to be a great natural pre-workout drink. But remember that too much coffee can act as a laxative and diuretic which leads to dehydration. So, drink plenty of water to prevent such a situation.
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