Benefits of Coffee and Tea for Athletes

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I drink coffee almost every day. I get up in the morning, stretch, go outside for a bit, brew coffee in my favourite french press brewer, all before touching any technology.

You might ask, do you think that’s too much coffee to be drinking frequently?

And I wouldn’t disagree with you that everything we should consume should be within moderation, but the average adult can consume up to 400mg of caffeine today and still receive a slew of positive health benefits.

Health benefits of caffeine found in tea and coffee

Here are some of the top benefits of consuming the caffeine found in coffee and tea:

  • Coffee can improve your energy levels, improve brain function, and improve reaction times by blocking Adenosine receptors
  • Coffee and tea can help you burn fat by boosting the metabolic rate by 3-11%
  • Caffeine improves physical performance by initiating the breakdown of fat cells that enter the blood stream and can be utilized as energy
  • Coffee contains essential nutrients including riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin (B3). Drinking a few cups a day could add up to a significant amount of these nutrients
  • There is no known cure to Alzheimer’s but coffee and caffeine has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and other mental diseases including Parkinson’s
  • Coffee appears to have protective effects on the liver – coffee drinkers may experience up to 80% lower risk of developing several liver diseases

Including this huge list of benefits that could keep going on for…well probably forever, I really just love coffee. It’s part of my morning, and pre-workout routine.

Caffeine is a powerful stimulant that puts your nervous system into overdrive and I can really push myself while under the influence of the drug.

Coffee and caffeine are the most widely used and accepted psychoactive drug in the world by far and for good reason.

Some people training for sports or working on their physique for bodybuilding/personal reasons may resort to pre-workout supplements but I would recommend coffee over anything like that.

Pre-workout supplements have a ton of sugar, excessive amounts of caffeine, and they’re super expensive for what you’re getting. They often contain some traces of creatine, maybe beta alanine, and a few other ingredients. If you really like a specific formula you could even go out and buy the individual ingredients and make your own pre-workout powder – OR JUST DRINK COFFEE!

I also enjoy the culture behind coffee, for me it’s a hobby as well. Sure you can buy pre-packaged folgers and shove it in a drip coffee maker but part of the fun is getting different freshly roasted beans every time, and trying them out using different brew methods ranging from french press, to grind and brews, or even the pour overs (which do take a bit more effort).

Anyways, bit of a ramble here but I really enjoy coffee in my mornings, before workouts, and as a hobby.

Happy lifting :)!