I’m a coffee drinker. Obvious and maybe an understatment. In one of my first posts I justified my vice by referencing Women’s Health and a statement in a recently read issue. I was excited to learn that there is a 28% increase in muscle endurance after consuming caffeine. Tada! Validation for my coffee addiction. As an athlete (or someone who enjoys working out anyway), I’m actually benefitting from caffeine. Since I tend to consume my daily coffee AFTER my morning workout routine, I guess that was a stretch, but I went with it anyway.
Well…..now here it is. The true reason I NEED coffee.
An Australian study conducted at RMIT University in Melbourne has shown that drinking caffeine while consuming carbs helps athletes recover more quickly. Senior author, Professor John Hawley, said the research found that athletes who added caffeine to their post-exercise meal had 66% more glycogen in their muscles than those that ate only carbs. Glycogen is the main fuel source for muscles.
Despite my previous comment, I’m not sure I consider myself and athlete, but I do workout quite intensely and very often. So now no matter when I drink le cafe, it’s proven to be a positive. Either before runs on the weekend or post-exercise during the week, I’m increasing endurance or helping my muscles recover. Win/Win!
Oh, and no I was not trolling the internet for proof that my joe was friend not foe. I actually was made aware of the study through an old issue of Health at my gym. I don’t typically read sciencealert.com just for kicks 🙂
Now that that is all said and done, I am curled up with my necessary coffee and a good ole bowl of oats for optimum muscle recovery after my AM 60 minute cardio session. Oh happy day! I can already feel it working 🙂