Did you start today with a cup of coffee? Most of us already enjoy a daily cup of Joe, with around 64 percent of Americans drinking at least one cup of coffee each day. But while Americans may drink the most coffee in the world, coffee can be much more than just part of your morning routine. Caffeine could actually boost your workout and improve your SUP performance and has become a favorite exercise partner for many athletes around the world.
Effective Pre-Workout Drink
It might come as a surprise, but the high levels of caffeine in a cup of coffee are shown to significantly improve our capacity to burn fat during exercising, making caffeine an effective pre-workout drink. The ultimate stimulant effect of coffee happens around 30 to 60 minutes after drinking. Once caffeine enters the bloodstream, our body begins to respond in several ways. Our blood pressure and heart rate rises, the body begins to break down fat stores and releases fatty acids into our bloodstream. As a result, we begin to feel more energetic and ready for a SUP session.
Caffeine Improves Concentration During Paddling
Your humble cup of coffee contains a healthy combination of nutrients that are great for your body, caffeine has been found to improve mental focus, it is a natural stimulant shown to stimulate the central nervous system and improves our brain function. Caffeine has a positive impact on the areas of the brain responsible for memory and concentration. When your thinking is sharp, you will have a much more effective and satisfying paddling session.
Coffee Reduces Muscle Pain
Exercising can often cause painful lactic acid build-up when the muscle becomes stressed. If that often causes you to give up during a workout or SUP session then drinking a cup of coffee before you start could make a big difference. Caffeine can actually help to reduce this muscle pain caused by exercise. Research published by the University of Illinois found that those people who consumed caffeinated coffee experienced much less muscle soreness during exercising and afterward. Drinking two cups of coffee can actually reduce post-workout muscle soreness by almost 50 percent and lessen the amount of time needed for muscle recovery.
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If you are looking for a way to boost your SUP performance, enhance your focus and help your body recover, then you cannot go far wrong with a simple cup of coffee.
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Jennifer Dawson is an experience freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.