Every morning, do you reach for that cup of coffee, or two, to prepare yourself for the day? The caffeine from your coffee is absorbed into your bloodstream and travels towards your brain to block energy depressors. This in turn increases energy levels and keeps you going all day. But what if you knew that caffeine could also keep you going during and after a workout? Here is how your morning pick-me-up can become your best workout buddy. Benefits of Drinking Coffee Prior to Workouts · Stamina: Coffee not only wakes you up, but it increases body performance and endurance. The caffeine found in coffee is an ergogenic acid which can give you an extra edge and support longer exercises. Caffeine also makes you feel as though you aren’t working as hard by reducing your perceived level of exertion. It will make your exercises feel easier and therefore help to push your body longer. · Metabolism: One to two cups of coffee prior to an exercise can increase your metabolism 15-20% and help you burn more calories during your workout. Particularly for those that exercise early in the morning, the caffeine in coffee burns more unwanted fatty acids and ultimately helps you lose weight. · Focus: With coffee, not only will you have more energy to push through your workouts, you will also be more mentally focused. Improving your mental focus will help keep your workouts productive and effective. Sharpened mental acuity can block out thoughts and clear your mind which will ultimately push you to run that extra mile. Black coffee is particularly good for increasing mental focus. Benefits of Drinking Coffee After Workouts · Decrease Pain: Studies show that having a cup of coffee after your workout reduces muscle pain. Caffeine blocks a biochemical that plays a role in the pain cycle and therefore you won’t feel as achy two days after your workout. This will allow you to re-energize faster so that you can get right back out to the gym. · Refuels Muscles: In a study from the Journal of Applied Physiology, a post-exercise cup of coffee can refuel the muscles. If paired with a banana, the caffeine in coffee can increase muscle glycogen which serves as a “piggy-bank” of energy during exercise. This energy helps to increase endurance and strengthens muscles. Although coffee is an excellent supplement to your workout, you need to make sure you don’t overdo it. The maximum amount of coffee for enhancing performance without side effects is 6mg per every kg of body weight. Be sure to watch your intake and be consistent with how much you have each day. This will give you the best, healthy results. Sally Phillips is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.