As if there weren’t already enough reasons to enjoy coffee, a new study has revealed it could give you a boost during your daily workout routine. Many of us indulge in energy drinks that contain caffeine before we start exercising to give us a head start, so it’s not too much of a leap to think drinking coffee could have a similar affect too.
We all know that drinking coffee makes you more alert, because the caffeine blocks your brain receptors detecting Adensoine, the chemical which promotes sleep. But, what not many people know is that it also increases stimulation of the central nervous system.
This is going to come in handy during your workout as according to the report it will make it seem like you need less effort and less pain. In high-intensity exercise it may increase the number of fibers used in muscle contractions making movement more frequent and forceful.
The caffeine will have a different affect depending on what sport you do. Pure caffeine can help endurance athletes run faster and cycle longer. So it’s useful for sports such as soccer, rugby and basketballer. The sharpened focus it gives you will help tennis and golf players achieve great accuracy and even those lifting weights will feel some benefit as it could help them to lift more.
If you want any confirmation of the positive affect caffeine can have, then look at the sports world. Many athletes take caffeine in a pill form as performance-enhancing “ergogenic” aid. There’s no reason to think there can’t also be an affect if you replace the pill with a delicious coffee.
The effects of caffeine on a person’s body varies depending on the individual. So where some people may feel a huge difference, for others it will make little difference.
It’s not only the influence of your own genes, but also how much caffeine is actually in your coffee. According to the report, you need to consume either 0.15g or 0.09g of caffeinated coffee per kilogram of body weight can improve performance. This would be covered by a standard espresso, but there are other ways to up your caffeine intake. The lighter the bean, the more caffeine it will contain so go for a light roast and make sure you opt for finely ground. The more they’re ground, the more caffeine is extracted from them so go for an ultra-fine blend.