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How Coffee May Be Able To Enhance Workouts


We’ve all seen that girl in the gym in the early morning – latte in the cup holder of the treadmill, where the water is typically stored. Don’t forget the book she is reading at the same time, or her super important conference call that she sweats through. We wonder what she is thinking, and how she does it. Well it turns out that she may be doing herself a favor. New research recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that drinking a couple of cups of coffee before a workout may make it feel more enjoyable.

The study examined 14 participants as they exercised twice a day. The volunteers engaged in two moderate workouts on stationary bicycles. 90 minutes before one exercise, the group would take caffeine supplements equal to about two cups of coffee. 90 minutes prior to the other workout, the participants took a placebo. The researchers found that after consuming caffeine, participants self-reported the ride feeling easier than when without the stimulant. The team also found that the caffeine intake affected eating habits later in the day. When the volunteers took caffeine before their workout, they ate about 72 calories less than when they took a placebo.

The findings suggest that a bit of coffee may boost workouts and help keep hunger at bay after. The research is preliminary and more clinical studies will need to be conducted before caffeine pills start popping up at your local gym. Many people have poor reactions to caffeine, and it has been shown to cause anxiety in some. For now, stick to water before, during and after workouts and keep coffee consumption in check.

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