The combination of coffee and sports is backed by science, making our favourite beverage an important ally of sport in the gym.
Particularly in autumn, when the climate changes and the return to our work routine can upset our organism, generating exhaustion and a sense of heaviness, knowing how and when to use coffee to support the kind of sport we choose to do is certainly an important aspect for keeping fit and healthy.
As always, before going into today’s topic in detail, let’s remember that only a balanced lifestyle and a healthy diet can make the advice we give in articles like this one worthwhile. The advice we give is useful, but it must always be integrated into a broader approach to good health, which is well-reasoned and conscious of the levers that maintain our general state of well-being at optimum levels: both physically and mentally.
Autumn is on its way: coffee before sport in the gym
Using famous research institutes as our sources, in a previous article we saw that drinking coffee before playing sport is good for you because it has an ergogenic, or performance-enhancing effect.
This improvement only occurs if you do not misuse coffee in your daily routine and if you drink it one or two hours before the sporting performance. The best time of day to go to the gym is in the morning, but in the evening before dinner has also been identified as a prime time slot, offering excellent benefits.
The benefits of drinking coffee before a gym workout
Let’s briefly recall the benefits for our body of taking caffeine before working out:
– It increases the blood supply to the heart and brain.
– It increases the blood flow to the muscle tissues (cardiac output).
– It nourishes the muscles.
– It speeds up the metabolism, making physical exertion more efficient
– It increases concentration and alertness, clearing the mind and preparing the body for physical activity.
– It improves our endurance levels when we exercise.
– Together with carbohydrates, it aids quick recovery, improving the re-synthesis of the nutrients we take in.
– It helps burn fat and blocks the receptors of the neurotransmitter adenosine in fat cells.
– It significantly reduces the feeling of fatigue and exhaustion we feel after sporting activities.
– It has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
How to drink coffee before sport in the gym
The best way would be to drink it black without adding sugar, cream or milk. If you really can’t stand it black or can’t drink unsweetened coffee, even if you prefer the Arabica quality which is sweeter than Robusta, we recommend trying natural sweeteners, including stevia.