You’ve probably already noticed that at Bully Brew we believe coffee is a miraculous thing. It’s a super hero disguised as a bean!! Coffee can do some many things for you and it has a lot of health benefits when consumed in reasonable amounts….we know the “reasonable amounts” part can be hard; but we are here to help!!
One of the somewhat hidden superpowers of coffee is the abilities it has to help improve your metabolism and serve as a fuel for exercise. I came upon this tidbit of information earlier this year when I was reading some articles online about the best foods to eat pre and post run when I was training for a race. Nutrition is always tricky and I felt like I was hearing a lot of different messages when it came to what was best to eat to get my body ready for exercise. I was surprised (PLEASANTLY surprised!!) to see coffee on the list.
Coffee not only helps to give you a boost before your workout from an energy standpoint and caffeine: it also can help to activate your metabolism and bump up the fat-burning mechanisms in your body prior to exercising. This will allow your body to kick into fat-burning mode faster and increasing that potential throughout your workout.
Those of you that are folks who prefer to exercise in the early AM are probably more than open to giving a cup of coffee a shot before you hit the gym or start your run/yoga/bike ride, etc. This will help you to get in a good mindset as your prepare to stimulate your body through exercise and help you feel even more motivated and ready to get after the day! One cup prior to your workout may have you feeling like you’re missing that cup of coffee as you get ready for work or first get to the office….
In this case I would say the more the merrier 🙂 Pour yourself a second cup because coffee also is a positive thing to drink AFTER a workout because it can help to lessen the likelihood of extreme muscle soreness.
Others (myself included) may tend to plan their workouts for after work or in the evening depending on your schedule. Typically I attend something like a spin class or other exercise class following work a couple of days per week. At first I found it really odd to prepare a mug of coffee at the end of the work day but once I started the habit I love the way it has improved my feelings and performance during my workouts. I usually enjoy a hot cup of coffee on my drive to the studio or gym. Then when I hop on my spin bike or get my shoes laced up I am starting to feel the effects of the caffeine and the energy level. I have found that when I fuel myself with coffee prior to my class or workout I get more out of it. I feel focused and my body feels in peak condition and ready to work hard!
I hope you’ll consider giving some coffee a try prior to your next workout! If the first time feels strange give it a try for awhile and I believe that after a few attempts you will be in the same boat as me! Thanks for reading and we will be back again soon with some more coffee-loving wisdom
With love and coffee,