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6 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

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  • Coffee, when consumed in the right way, can in fact be used as a health and fitness enhancing tool
  • In one recent study, athletes who consumed caffeine pre-exercise burned 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to the control group
  • Other functional benefits of a pre-workout cup of coffee include improved microcirculation, pain reduction, improved endurance, muscle preservation, and improved memory
  • When used before exercise, coffee will give you a good boost, and will work to optimize the benefits of exercise; stimulating energy production and fat burning
  • Taken after exercise, coffee is more likely to inhibit recuperation and rather continue mimicking the effects of exercise on your body
  • If you exercise in the evening, you may want to skip the pre-workout cup of coffee however, as it can disrupt your sleep cycle by keeping you alert well into the night

By Dr. Mercola

If you're like many people, you may start your day with a cup of coffee. According to Health Magazine, about half of American adults stick to this daily ritual, despite conventional warnings that coffee might not be all that good for you. My own understanding of coffee's virtues and risks was greatly enhanced by my 2011 interview with Ori Hofmekler, author of The Warrior Diet and Unlocking the Muscle Gene, who has researched coffee extensively.


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