Coffee vs. Fitness

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    Dec 19, 2007 5:17 PM GMT
    I love to keep healthy, but to be honest I don't know much about the contents of coffee and I do need my mug more than just once a week. I was just wondering, does that dramatically, or even at all, effect my workouts?

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    Dec 19, 2007 5:43 PM GMT
    There is an article in this months "Mens Health" which says that caffeine can help you to lift more during workouts, so according to them it can indeed affect your workouts, in a positive way.

    Aside from that, I don't think that coffee is inherently bad for you so drink away, just don't be scoffing double espressos from dawn to dusk.
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    Dec 19, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    Black coffee has negligible nutritional content, just watch what you put into it. Sugar ( especially in syrups added by the coffee shops ) and cream / full-fat milk can add calories. I stick with fat free milk and a small amount of honey.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Dec 19, 2007 5:54 PM GMT
    I like straight up black coffee. No frills. Just gimme a cup ... NOW!!
  • Nudista

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    Dec 19, 2007 5:59 PM GMT
    Overall, it seems like most of the articles I've read point to the numerous positive effects that coffee/caffeine can provide.

    Some brief points that I remember are improved cognitive functioning, improved memory, higher energy levels, more motivation.

    I always have my morning cup...and afternoon cup too. It would only make sense that it has the ability to help during workouts.

    That said, like anything else, common sense is always key. If your an overly anxious person then coffee might not be the best idea since its a natural stimulant. There are other precautions one should take...always use common sense.
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    Dec 19, 2007 6:11 PM GMT
    I think, just like most things, moderation is key. A cup of coffee to help get you up and motivated is awesome. Just like COJock said though, be aware of what's going into it. A huge amount of calories and sugar can be added by what is put into it.

    A small amount of caffeine is great. I have read many studies about increased metabolism, improved cognitive function, increased energy, etc...

    The worst thing I have read about it is too much coffee (or caffeine) can seriously increase cortisol hormone levels in the body, which is also released during very stressful times. Cortisol can seriously effect weight and mood. It is often times called the "death hormone" by many doctors because of its detrimental effects to the body.

    So like everything else in life, it's all about moderation. Give me a cup of black coffee before a workout any day! But I will take just one please, lol.
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    Dec 19, 2007 6:27 PM GMT
    again, balance in all things...

    The caffeine helps, and also good to keep you regular.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 19, 2007 9:24 PM GMT
    I never have been a coffee drinker... unfortunately my big issue is the consumption of pop. It all needs to go.icon_confused.gif
  • sfnicolas

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    Dec 20, 2007 12:01 AM GMT
    i love me a cuppa joe in the morning before the gym...and another small cup in the early afternoon

    the morning workout is a good start to the day, and no problem falling asleep at night with two cups a day--like it was said before, moderation (and adjust for your body's reactions)
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:41 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, those were great answers. Now I won't feel as guilty when I drink a cup, and moderation of course, is nice.

    I should probably look into it a bit more, hmmmm-

    - Javi
  • GQjock

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    Dec 20, 2007 10:50 AM GMT
    Is it good for you? No not really
    But the extra jolt it can give you can help with some lag before a workout
    Coffee's also a weak diuretic so you'll need to drink a little more to offset any water loss during a workout
  • cg220

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    Dec 20, 2007 10:58 AM GMT
    I used to train first thing in the morning when i lived in London and there was a proper coffee machine in the gym, so i had a coffee while i trained. It def got the juices flowing... probably not the best practice, but everything in moderation...
  • TexanMan82

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    Dec 28, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    Yes, coffee is good for you. It's been found to have antioxidants. Just listen to your body--heart flutters, trouble sleeping, etc. Adjust accordingly.
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    Dec 28, 2007 4:53 PM GMT
    I'm with SoDakGuy.... need it black and need it now!
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    Dec 28, 2007 5:24 PM GMT
    Google on coffee and exercise performance. You should be able to find a plethora of good information. Google is truly an amazing tool.

    Caffeine drops blood sugar.
    Caffeine is a weak diuretic.
    Caffeine is a stimulant.
    Caffeine changes perceived exertion levels markedly (hence it's use in sport science).
    Some coffee / teas can have anti-oxidants.
    Caffeine can make you shaky, nervous, cranky, sleepless.
    Caffeine can cause you to crash (going hypo-gylcemic).
    Caffiene will help you stay leaner by mobilizing fatty acids.
    Caffeine raises your blood pressure.
    Caffeine raises your heart rate.

    All this, and more, is available online.