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Why Should You Drink A Cup of Coffee Before You Exercise?

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Caffeine helps fight fatigue and spikes blood circulation. This boosts basal metabolism and strengthens muscle contraction, decreasing the feeling of pain. Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, which helps the body break down fat cells, boosting exercise performance. For best results, drink 1 cup of hot black coffee 20-60 mins before you head out for the gym or jogging.

Most of us start our daily routine by pouring a cup of hot coffee, which acts as a stimulant, helping us kick-start the day. However, despite all the bad press about coffee and the caffeine it contains, it’s actually a great drink that can help with your body’s health and fitness.

The Secret To Making Coffee Work Is In The Caffeine

Coffee is full of antioxidants, so much so that it actually has more of them than green tea or cocoa, which we may normally presume to be healthier for the body. Antioxidants work in a number of ways, but are most talked about when it comes to fighting inflammation and certain types of cancer.1

The caffeine we find in coffee is usually the biggest concern, since people believe it dehydrates the body. However, monitoring your intake can be beneficial in fighting fatigue. Added to that, it can also strengthen muscle contraction decreasing the perception of pain.

Overall, it’s a magical ingredient that actually aids in exercise performance.

Enhanced Fat Burning Effect

Now, that we have discussed the benefits of caffeine, it’s time to look as chlorogenic acid which plays another role in helping the human body to burn fat. Chlorogenic acid is an element found in coffee and together and is an extremely powerful ingredient when combined with caffeine. They stimulate your body to break down fat cells more efficiently, than any other dieting method.

The Best Methods of Making Your Coffee

Firstly, fats should be broken down to maintain healthy weight. Even though chlorogenic acid is found in roasted coffee, you are more likely to find larger traces of it in green beans. Always look for light roasts over dark roasts as they require less heat while brewing(chlorogenic acid is weak against heat). Also, try avoiding instant coffee and look into drip coffee instead, because it has been proven that drip coffee actually contains much more caffeine and chlorogenic acid than the instant variety.

A Recipe For The Keen Exerciser

So, 20 minutes before you head to the gym or go jogging, drink one cup of coffee. Let’s look at the best way of making coffee that can help absorb all of its benefits!

Hot black coffee is always going to provide you with the best results because you’re avoiding milk and sugar, which means you’re going low on calories.

The perfect recipe starts with whole beans, a good grind, filtered water and the correct temperate.

  1. Place your dripper on top of the mug you want to use and then use the paper filter to rest inside the dripper.
  2. Measure out your water and beans; its best to add three tablespoons of light roast beans to nine ounces of water.
  3. Add some cinnamon to give the coffee some taste. Cinnamon is a great substitute for cream and milk because it doesn’t contain the same calories and is packed with benefits for your immune system.
  4. Soak the beans in boiling water and let them drip into the mug, do this until all the coffee beans have been broken down.
  5. Pour any left over boiling water straight into the cup and stir the black coffee with the cinnamon stick. This can help boost your basal metabolism. Caffeine also plays another important role in our body by promoting blood circulation.

Good blood circulation can have a positive outcome in your basal metabolism, which means you’re going to feel full much quicker, avoiding sudden cravings.

Best Time To Drink Coffee

Studies show that if you drink 1 cup of coffee 30-60 minutes before exercise, it aids in the burning of fat more efficiently, boosting energy and fighting fatigue.2

References   [ + ]

1.Bušić, Arijana, and Draženka Komes. “Antioxidants in Coffee.” Processing and Impact on Antioxidants in Beverages. Academic Press, Elsevier, 2014.
2.Effects of caffeine ingestion on metabolism and exercise performance, U.S National Library of Medicine
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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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