Fitness & Caffeine
Do you get into a post lunch mid afternoon sloth phase where you cant seem to focus, and your energy is waning? Your first thought might be to be pump yourself full of caffeine, hell, you might as well just administer the stuff intravenously. That’s ok, we have all been there. Lets assume you get your workouts in after work, well you may not know that consuming caffeine so many hours before a workout may actually be affecting your endurance negatively.
The average person is ok, according to health journals, to consume up to four cups of coffee, or six cups of tea per day. That’s about 400 mg of caffeine daily. This is ok for someone who is not planning on working out hours after having a cup of coffee. Let’s break down how caffeine is useful for your workouts, and why you might want to reconsider WHEN you consume it, and even how.
Coffee is delicious, don’t get me wrong, but its not the only way to get caffeine into your system, and its not the most helpful way in conjunction with your workout.
Coffee is a natural diuretic, which means that is also going to dehydrate you. So for every cup of coffee you consume, you need to consume an additional 2 glasses of water in order to make up for your losses. When you consider your hydration alongside your fitness regime, you need to think about the fluids your body needs to finish the workout, a lack of fluids could lead to headaches and sub-par endurance.
Here’s the good news; you don’t have to cut out coffee, or tea, but the timing of your caffeine intake is extremely important in order to achieve optimal performance results.
What’s the beneficial amount of caffeine and when should it be consumed?
- Since Caffeine does provide a temporary boost of energy, the suggested amount prior to a workout is 3-6 mg, and during a workout is 1-2 mg.
- A cup of coffee takes about 30 minutes to fully kick in, so if you cant live without the dark stuff, try waiting until an hour before your workout.
- If you can cut out the coffee, or you don’t really drink the stuff, consider the potential benefits of a pre workout supplement or a Fat burner, both of which have lower doses of caffeine, but offer a couple of other natural ingredients like Green Tea, Rooibos, or Raspberry Ketones.
- Attempt to cut out your caffeine intake for a few days, and test the positive and negative affects for yourself. Then reintroduce the caffeine with a purpose, and see what happens.
Everyone is different, and can be affected by caffeine differently, if you know how it affects you, that’s great! See how moving around the affects can positively impact your day, fitness, life and overall wellness.
Have a Happy Caffeinated Day, My Friends!