We all drink coffee for one reason or another… Although the most important reason why people drink coffee every morning around the world –with about 5 billion cups being consumed every day– is caffeine. Caffeine is the world’s favorite stimulant— it makes us feel energized and gives us a boost.
But your favorite beverage has a lot of other health benefits– as does caffeine by itself. Caffeine actually plays a very important role in how your body responds to exercise and how well it performs during certain types of exercise. Let’s take a look:
Caffeine is beneficial for many different types of exercise. It can boost performance as much as ten percent and studies show that ingesting caffeine before exercise increases fat loss by up to 30%.
When it comes to strength exercises, it has been found that caffeine has a positive effect on exercises such as weight-lifting, increasing the number of repetitions one can achieve when lifting weight. Bench-pressing is also positively affected.
It’s also positively affected on lower-body strength exercises, being able to boost leg muscle strength by up to seven percent.
High-intensity exercise stands out as the type of exercise that benefits the most from caffeine consumption. Professional athletes such as cyclists and swimmers have been reported to enhance their performance up to ten percent and significantly increase muscle power when under the effects of caffeine.
Although the results here are the most impressive to date, there is some evidence that suggests that casual high-intensity exercise isn’t nearly as impacted by caffeine. Instead, only people who regularly engage in such types of activity get a significant positive impact when consuming caffeine.
Endurance exercises are also positively impacted by caffeine. In fact, the difference in performance can be such that it has started to be banned in some cases— professional athletes that otherwise swear by caffeine are banned from having too much of it before competitions and such.
In summary, you get a huge boost whenever you consume caffeine beforehand. That’s why at Big Dick’s, we try to deliver a coffee that is higher in caffeine than regular coffee— our Thunderbolt has enough caffeine to supercharge your exercise and bring a lot of benefits to your workout session or daily exercise routine.
...And even if you aren’t such a fan of caffeine, coffee already has a lot of health benefits:
It’s full of antioxidants: coffee is rich in antioxidants that fight off aging and diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
It turns out that the western diet doesn’t include as many of these precious antioxidants as it could or should— yet, thanks to coffee, we get our daily recommended dose with just two cups a day. It’s the most important source of antioxidants in our diets!
So simply drinking coffee might actually stop premature aging, and other fearsome diseases. A great excuse to enjoy even more coffee than you did before!
It has important nutrients: although not full of nutrients or a superfood in the strict sense, coffee has nutrients that you don’t usually consume otherwise. Much like with antioxidants, what we get from coffee we usually don’t get anywhere else.
These include chlorogenic acid, cafestol and trigonelline. These are important antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Trigonelline also has great antibacterial properties!
Potassium is another important nutrient that we find in coffee. It keeps our heart healthy as well as our whole cardiovascular system— and potassium deficiency is more widespread than it should. Just one to two cups a day of coffee are enough to meet the recommended daily dosage!
The bottom line is that caffeine has great synergy with all kinds of exercise. It makes you more resilient and lets you exercise better and more efficiently. You even burn more fat thanks to caffeine!
In short, caffeine makes exercise much better for you. And coffee, in general, has a lot of great properties.
It feels good to know that coffee isn’t a guilty pleasure, but quite the opposite, doesn’t it?