Caffeine & Exercise

Amanda Lanum

Many of us wake up to a cup – or two – of coffee, kick starting our day with a boost of caffeine and antioxidants. In today’s moms everyday minute, new evidence suggests that having a cup of Joe before hitting the gym may help our workouts.

According to a Spanish study, athletes who consumed caffeine before exercising burned 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise than those who did not.

Participants consumed about 300 milligrams of caffeine – equivalent to 12 ounces of coffee. Other studies have shown that coffee can improve circulation, lessen muscle pain, and improve short term memory.

So rather than thinking of coffee as a vice, drink up to better health. Just don’t overdo it. Two cups of coffee is enough for enhancing physical performance. And think twice about adding fattening cream and sugar.



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