Coffee and Exercise Performance

Coffee and Exercise. In everyday life the need for exercise performance is apparent whether it is to slim our waist or stomach region or just to enjoy an afternoon walk in the park. Or perhaps to relieve minor daily work stress, or playing a game of racquetball at lunch with some of the guys. Even when it comes to the people who amazed us with their skills and expertise, like those we saw at the Olympics. Exercise performance is necessary in the pursuit of health too.

To know that the amount of caffeine in a single cup of coffee can improve exercise performance and reduce symptoms of fatigue for all people. That’s quite an impact on all of us.

How do we know that the caffeine in coffee can effect people and their particular body type. Scientist's have done conclusive studies to show that the caffeine in coffee can improve a person's physical exercise performance, even though the mechanisms of caffeine aren't fully understood in relation to coffee and exercise performance.

It is found that caffeine has a positive effect on sports and other physical activities. This is true if you are a well trained athlete or just the average fit person. It is also true for both genders as well as across a wide range of ages.

In a recent study on coffee and exercise performance with caffeine as a stimulant in comparison to a placebo the caffeine improved the exercise performance by 12.4%. Some of the comprehensive studies involved endurance exercise, short duration, high intensity, and the last used a graded exercise test.

Other coffee and health studies have shown significant increases in performance when drinking coffee or digesting caffeine before a high intensity exercise workout. A 1500m run or timed cycling test was initiated, by drinking 2 cups of coffee or an equivalent of (250mg.) a caffeinated beverage similar coffee. To conclude about cycling and coffee consumption the studies showed that it increased the cyclist's overall exercise performance.

In another Coffee and Exercise study on swimmers and the effects of coffee consumption in a 200 meter swim with 250mg of caffeine or 2 cups of coffee, the swimmers overall performance was increased significantly.

Healthy Fluid Requirements and Caffeine

Coffee consumption is usually over-stressed when talked about with dehydration. In most cases of dehydration, dehydration is due to the climate. This being hot or humid weather where an endurance athlete could possibly get dehydrated due to over-strenuous activities and/or too much exercise.

The recommendation by physicians for athletes in these conditions is to not drink coffee or tea. This includes all caffeinated beverages because of the diuretic effects of caffeine. However, coffee and exercise research has shown that stopping or halting the consumption of coffee or other caffeinated beverages from their diets during exercise could cause adverse or negative effects for athletes.

Another study has shown that consuming 300 mg or less of caffeine won't have any effect on fluid levels in the body. It was found that 90 mg of caffeine from either coffee, caffeine tablets or other caffeinated beverages would improve exercise performance without negative effects for the athlete.

Books & Reference Material
on Coffee and Exercise
  • Uncommon Grounds The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
  • Drink to your health: coffee as health food?: An article from: Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
  • The World of Caffeine: The Science and Culture of the World's Most Popular Drug
  • The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!

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