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Monday, June 19, 2017

I Love the Workout Perks of Coffee

The only stimulant I use to improve my workouts is coffee. Unregulated supplements come with too many health risks and who knows what's really in the stuff. Coffee contains caffeine, tastes amazing, full of beneficial antioxidants and a natural stimulant to boost my workouts.

Chronic studies have provided positive findings for caffeinated coffee improving athletic performance and other health benefits. It is said to increase our metabolism, reduce induced exercise muscle pain, improve mental focus, increase fat burning, and reduce the risk of disease.

The thing is you don't need that much coffee for effective results. More is not better and one to no more than 2 cups of black coffee is what's recommended according to research. I thoroughly enjoy my large mug every morning and admit to adding a small amount of creamer. I haven't been able to develop a taste for straight up black coffee.

I happen to be one of those people who is caffeine sensitive so drink half-calf and that works for me. Any more would have me bouncing off the walls. Call me a lightweight and I am just fine with that. I only indulge in the morning before a workout otherwise I would have a problem getting to sleep.

I love the natural edge up coffee provides as I prepare to hit the gym. Within 30 minutes, I feel more energetic and ready for an intense workout. It really prepares me mentally and physically. I don't have health issues like hypertension or diagnosed heart problems where coffee would be contraindicated so I do partake in moderation. The other health benefits from antioxidants are an added bonus.


Drinking coffee is one of my secret weapons for maintaining a fit body. Studies show the fat burning effects last up to 3 hours after having caffeine so I create that window for my workout. I would not venture into an unsafe stimulant scenario and don't support unhealthy ways to maintain my body. Coffee, on the other hand, is one of the best natural effective stimulants and my pre-workout drink of choice.

It's very important to check with your doctor before adding coffee to your nutrition and be aware of how your body responds to caffeine.

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6 comments:

  1. Thanks Ms. Darla for the tips! I never drank coffee (long story) but found caffeine pills at an early age. Kinda my 'prescription' for upping metabolism, jumper cables for energy, and fatigue killers. But I always worried about ingesting caffeine as a 'healthy' way to boost energy because, after all, its an artificial way too. Maybe now, that you endorse it, I won't feel so bad! :)

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    1. I have never used caffeine pills but do enjoy my one cup of coffee to kickstart my day and workout. Everything in moderation living this healthy lifestyle. Thanks for the comment and Stay Healthy!

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  2. Great tips, I use coffee too to get through a sluggish morning when I know I have to workout later. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for enjoying the Blog and Stay Healthy!

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  3. I wish I could still enjoy the benefits of coffee but I could never drink it without cream and sugar so I just gave it up. One cup used to be enough to get me going for the whole day but I never thought to use it pre-workout!

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    1. Hi Phoebe and thanks for posting. I admit that I still enjoy a splash of cream in my coffee. It does make a great natural pre-workout for me. Glad you stopped by for a read and Stay Healthy ~ Darla

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