I think one of the hardest parts of working out is getting a consistent workout schedule. Motivation has been one of my biggest problems, but a big pre-workout routine I have established is with the use of coffee before my workouts. For me this comes in the form of a cup of coffee (which I prefer hot), the stronger the better. Some people use supplements before workouts for enhancement benefits, which can take up to thirty minutes to kick in, with coffee I can feel it working instantly.
How Coffee Aids in Workouts:
The thing that gives coffee its jolt that makes workout better is the caffeine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. Caffeine also increases Dopamine, which works to activate the pleasure parts of the brain. Overall, caffeine makes you feel alert; it pumps adrenaline to help give you more energy, the dopamine increase makes you feel better which results in better workout. There has been studies done on elite swimmers and runners who have used coffee before there events which indicate increase performances. I seldom skip my daily cup of coffee followed by a workout, which I have found to be an awesome combination. Here are a few likes and dislikes that I have about using coffee as a pre-workout supplement:
• Increases energy
• Improves workout
• Quick and fast acting
• Very inexpensive for pre-workout supplement use
• Drinking it too close to bedtime can cause insomnia
• Can act as a diuretic if too much is consumed
Health Benefits of Coffee Consumption:
There has been debate the safety of coffee drinking but coffee lover my be surprised to learn the according to WebMD, coffee might be associated with lowering the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, colon cancer, and one of America’s latest epidemics-type 2 diabetes. Over decades there have been more than 19,000 studies on the effects of coffee drinking and Thomas DePaulis, PHD, research scientist at Vanderbilt’s University for Coffee studies on the subject of coffee drinking “For most people, very little bad comes from drinking it, but a lot of good”.
There have been times I have skipped my cup of coffee because I was in a hurry or just plain forgot and I could really tell the difference in how much effort I put into my workout routine. When I was pregnant, I was afraid to drink coffee because of the caffeine but my health care provider said that as long as I kept it to one cup there should not be a problem, and it was not. Beside help to enhance my workouts, I really like the taste of coffee, so my question to you is; Second cup anybody.