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Can Caffeine Boost Your Workout? - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker

 

In the United States and around the world, many people start their day with a cup of coffee or tea. Some even rely on these drinks to keep going all day long. We know there are pluses and minuses to caffeine consumption. One apparent plus would be the healthful benefits that come from caffeine acting as a powerful antioxidant.

 

But here’s an interesting question – can a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea actually give your exercise workout a boost?

 

The American College of Sports Medicine cites research suggesting that caffeine consumption prior to exercising may enhance performance. This seems to apply to both prolonged endurance exercise and short-term intense exercise. Adrenaline release is increased, which stimulates the release of free fatty acids from fat tissue. This spare fat is used up early during the exercise session, before muscle carbohydrate that would otherwise be used, allowing for a longer workout and postponed fatigue.

 

Most experts agree that what you’ll find in approximately three cups of coffee is considered a moderate amount of caffeine intake for the day. Everybody has different tolerance levels, though. Before you decide to have a cup of coffee or tea prior to your workout, figure out how much is right for you. To start with, try a few sips and see what happens.

 

Caffeine is a stimulant commonly used to promote mental awareness, but side effects may include a marked increase in heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, nausea and irritability. Pay attention to your body when drinking caffeine prior to a workout. If any negative side effect appears, lower your dosage or eliminate the caffeine altogether. Use your judgment. When used in moderation, and assuming there are no underlying health issues, caffeine may safely boost your workout.

 

References: American College of Sports Medicine http://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/caffeineandexercise.pdf American Chemical Society http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2011/acs-presspac-may-4-2011/new-evidence-that-caffeine-is-a-healthful-antioxidant-in-coffee.html

 

 

About Gail Kasper:

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To  Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. www.gailkasper.com 

 

This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.