A Cup of Coffee May Help to Fuel Your Morning Exercise

Posted 02/08/2016 | By HealthCorps

If you are looking for a way to improve your athletic endurance, then a morning cup of coffee may do the trick. A new study from researchers at the University of Georgia suggests that coffee’s caffeine offers a boost to your workout efforts.

The lead researcher reviewed almost 600 scholarly articles and looked specifically for those that focused on the impact of caffeinated coffee. He then identified the caffeine dose and the measured endurance performance. He found nine specific studies that offered that unique information. Those nine randomized, controlled trials used coffee with the goal of improving endurance.

When looking at these nine trials, Higgins found that “between 3 and 7 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of caffeine from coffee increased endurance performance by an average of 24%.” In a cup of coffee, the caffeine can range between 75 mg to 150 mg depending on the type or variety of the beans, how they are roasted and then brewed, and the actual number of ounces of coffee in that cup.

In all nine trials participants drank coffee and then ran or cycled. Subjects performed the same vigorous routines without consuming any coffee. In most cases, endurance was improved in the athletes after consuming coffee. The researcher still suggests that other sources of “pure caffeine,” versus coffee with caffeine needs to be compared to see if there are any differences in endurance. Right now most athletes choose the pure caffeine sources in order to improve endurance. If you could just have a cup of coffee and get the same endurance benefits, it might be a game changer in the sports nutrition category.

One hurdle to overcome is making sure that you know specifically how much caffeine is in the cup of coffee you drink before a workout, since it can vary. You may need a certain target amount to appreciate the endurance boost. If you are a professional athlete you also need to make sure that your sports dietician or the NCAA list does not have that beverage as a banned substance. But for an average exerciser, a cup of coffee in the morning may be just the boost you need to help you sustain your endurance during your morning fitness routine.

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