Did you know that caffeine manipulates your body’s dopamine levels in a similar way to cocaine or heroin?
I thought that might get your attention. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that activates pleasure centers in your brain. (I most certainly can attest to that part of my brain being activated in the early morning hours...by coffee).
Here are a few more things coffee can do for your body:
- Decrease Stress Levels (simply smelling coffee can induce this effect)
- Reduce risk of Type II Diabetes
- Help you rock out your workouts
Let's talk about how workouts can bring a dose of kickass to your sweat sessions. Here's how:
1. ACCELERATES FAT LOSS
Potentially the greatest benefit of caffeine before your workout is its fat-burning properties. Coffee—when consumed before exercise—can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Also, the high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will increase your metabolism, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day. Having coffee before exercise enhances that effect.
2. INCREASES PERFORMANCE
Several studies have demonstrated a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. A report published in Sports Medicine refers to caffeine as a “powerful ergogenic aid,” and mentions that athletes can “train at a greater power output and/or train longer” after caffeine consumption.
3. IMPROVES FOCUS
Along with increased energy to push through tough workouts, coffee also provides an increase in mental focus, keeping your workouts productive and effective.
4. DECREASES MUSCLE PAIN
Research shows that individuals who consumed coffee prior to exercise experienced less muscle pain during their workout than their non-caffeinated counterparts. This means more reps, longer sprints and more weight during your workouts!
So take yo' mug to the gym!!