Friday, 6 June 2014

A good reason to drink your coffee before working out

As a country who consumes 70 million cups of coffee daily, drinking a cup of cappuccino, flat white or espresso  before going to the gym can help  lift your workout.

Many of us for that mug of coffee in the morning to help us feel more alert and awake. But new research by The British Coffee Association claims caffeine can help us exercise harder and for 30% longer.

Caffeine, which naturally occurs in coffee, improves alertness and the ability to sustain motor skills to make exercise feel easier, positively impacting our persistence, vigour and output levels.

Consuming the equivalent of 3-4mg of caffeine per kilogram of bodyweight one hour prior to exercise improves endurance and performance in cycling, high-intensity running, repeated sprinting and sports such as football and rugby.

An average mug of instant coffee contains approximately 100mg of caffeine.

Some athletes consume caffeine to enhance their endurance, alertness and motor skills.

These benefits result from the actions of caffeine in the brain, where it reduces the chemical messages that normally induce fatigue and stimulates energy production and fat oxidation.

1 comment:

  1. I can't start my day without my coffee, so this is good news.