National Coffee Day!!

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In honor of National Coffee Day we’ve compiled some fun facts about working out and coffee. So drink up and get movin!

       Coffee is a natural painkiller. Research done by the University of Georgia found that consuming two cups of coffee an hour before training reduced post-workout soreness by up to 48%.  In the same study Aleve only achieved a 30% decrease and Aspirin 25%.

       Coffee improves circulation. A Japanese research team studied the effects of coffee on circulation.  In their study participants drank a 5oz. cup of either regular or decaf coffee. After drinking, scientists found that those who drank caffeinated coffee had a 30% increase in blood flow over a 75-minute period compared to those who drank non-caffeinated coffee.

       Coffee fuels your muscles. In a study published by Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists found a little caffeine post-exercise may be good for your health, especially for athletes who need to perform every day.  The research found that a caffeine and carbohydrate post-workout meal resulted in a 66% increase of muscle glycogen after an intense glycogen-depleting exercise (think high intensity like sprinting or high weight lifting). A greater reserve of glycogen means you can go harder and longer next workout.

       Coffee improves your endurance.  Studies have shown that caffeine can reduce your perceived level or exertion by more than 5%, which makes your exercise feel easier.  This in turn has shown to improve exercise performance by over 11%.

Just because it’s good for you, remember there is too much of a good thing! It’s best to limit your coffee intake to 1 or 2 cups a day.  Black coffee is best, but if you need a little sweetener opt for a healthier version like vanilla soymilk or coconut water. 

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