Coffee, before or after a workout ?
Should You Drink Coffee Before a Workout?
Most of us start the day with a cup of caffeine to boost our energy levels and maintain our focus, but should we be drinking it before a workout for the same effect? Cheap and readily available, coffee has often been favoured as a pre-workout drink. Does it actually make a difference to our performance though, or is it all in our heads?
What are the benefits?
According to a study, drinking coffee up to 30 minutes before a workout can increase the maximum fat burning ability of aerobic exercises, especially in the evening. It has also been known to increase muscular strength and endurance, meaning that you can work out for longer at peak performance. Then there is the well-known benefit of keeping your focus and energy high, so you don’t tire as easily and are more able to concentrate on what you are doing. So, you’ll be able to take on every cross, dip, and tap back that is thrown your way during class!
How do you take your coffee?
The benefits from caffeine are the same, from an espresso to a macchiato to a pumpkin spice latte. You might want to avoid having a large flavoured or sweetened coffee right before exercising however, as these drinks usually contain higher calories and sugar and could make you feel sick. To allow the coffee to digest fully and take effect on your body, it is recommended to consume it 30-60 minutes before exercising.
Are there any downsides?
Too much of anything can be bad, and caffeine is no exception. Excessive consumption can lead to jitters, elevated heart rate and stomach upset, but having one or two cups before working out is perfectly safe.
So, should I be drinking it?
It really comes down to personal preference. Some people hate the taste of coffee, while some are even allergic to it! If you’re already an avid coffee drinker, this is the perfect pre-workout drink to enhance your performance. If you’re not so keen on the taste, try adding a dash of milk (almond is our favourite) or topping it up with water to weaken the flavour.