Coffee to Fuel Your Workout
Did you know that a cup of coffee can help you perform better in the gym? That’s right. Caffeine can be a great performance enhancer. There are many studies which show that 250mg of caffeine in the form of coffee can heighten a person’s alertness and performance. Although we often drink coffee to “wake up”, those same studies show that caffeine has a greater effect on endurance exercise (greater than 20 minutes) than on short term exercise.
Coffee can also be used to replenish fluids. It was believed that caffeine served as a diuretic and caused dehydration. That belief has since changed. Several studies have confirmed that low-to-moderate doses of caffeine does not alter significantly alter hydration status over a period of 24-hours. The effect is even less prevalent on those who regularly consume caffeine. This is great news for those of you who love to drink coffee. Coffee can serve as a great pre-workout drink, or post-workout drink.
Now that doesn’t mean that you can consume any kind of coffee drink. Coffee that is full of artificial sugars or loads of creamers will certainly not be beneficial to your performance before, during, or after your workouts. If you plan on using coffee as a regular performance drink, then the combination of a clean, sustainable coffee blended with a high quality protein can be the right combination for you. You can also blend it with high quality fats such as MCT’s for sustainable energy. A brand of protein that goes great with your favorite coffee is Stronger, Faster, Healthier’s Recovery Whey Protein.