4 reasons to drink coffee before a workout

4 reasons to drink coffee before a workout - Haybo Wena SA

Coffee has gained a bad reputation for being unhealthy and being a dehydrating agent.

But still, it is so addictive that it is hard to give up the habit of sipping a warm cup of coffee in the morning.

Most people kick-start their day with a cup of coffee and in case you are a someone who works out in the morning then surely you would have wondered whether it is good for your health or not.

Rejoice, coffee lovers! A recent study revealed that drinking coffee before your workout session can actually increase your performance, make it more enjoyable and may also help in weight loss.

But let us tell you – we are talking about black coffee!

The study

As per a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, athletes who downed a cup a steaming hot cuppa before their daily exercise session were able to burn 15 per cent more calories for three hours post-exercise as compared to the one who took a placebo. It was also found that drinking caffeine in the morning also helps to keep your calorie intake in check throughout the day. People who drank caffeine ate 72 calories less as compared to others.

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Here 4 reasons drinking coffee before workout helps:

1. It makes you feel less sleepy

Most people find it difficult to get up in the morning. Drinking coffee increases alertness and helps you to stay focused while performing any exercise.

2. Reduces muscle pain

As per another study carried out at the University of Illinois, consuming coffee reduces muscle pain after performing an intense exercise. It will help you to work harder for a better result.

3. More muscle fuel

A cup of warm espresso in the morning fill you up with energy and even make you feel less lethargic and tired post-workout session. You will be able to perform the exercise for a longer period of time, without getting tired.

4. Improves concentration level

Most people do not understand the importance of staying focused while exercising, but it really important to concentrate during your workout session. Firstly, it reduces the risk of getting injured and secondly, it will be easier for you to maintain the right form, which is crucial to reach any fitness goal.