We all know that coffee is a great pick-me-up. but it can also be a great way to mega-charge yourself before a workout.
What better way to rev yourself up, than a delicious beverage that will give you the drive needed to push yourself further! Lately many people are using a shot of cold brew coffee in their pre-workout drink. Cold brew coffee is naturally low in acids so it's also gentler on the stomach. Because who needs a burning, churning stomach mid-workout?
Aside from the energy burst coffee provides, it also promotes alertness and endurance, which is perfect when you need to just crank out one more set.
How does Coffee really impact the Body? Especially in terms of fitness?
Caffeine is a natural Metabolism booster... meaning a potential increase in the ability to burn excess stored fat cells.Some studies even suggest that Coffee before a workout is good for Muscle Preservation & Pain Reduction!
Caffeine is also a natural, mild blood thinner -- which is great for those who struggle with sore muscles after a hard workout.
"Caffeine is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system, the heart, and possibly the 'center' that controls blood pressure," all of which play a vital role in helping your mind and body push harder in a workout, says Heidi Skolnik, M.S., a sports nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Conditioning, Inc. "It can also increase the release of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine, which effects pain receptors and mood" while you're working out." -cnn.com
From increased focus, performance, endurance and energy, you just might want to try adding coffee to your pre-workout regimen.
If you've been drinking coffee before a workout and want to change it up, give cold brew a try and throw a shot into your pre-workout drink or smoothie. Cold brew tastes delicious mixed with both vanilla and chocolate protein powders as well as peanut or almond butter and dairy alternatives. Check out our Radiant Recipes blog for tasty coffee drink recipes and our pre-workout smoothie.
Here's to your next great workout!
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