If you don't like to exercise or want more energy when you do – or simply want to get in a better workout – then try a cup of coffee. Sure, you've heard it before: Caffeine helps improve athletic performance. But the new evidence in favor of the wonder drug is so overwhelming that if you're not swigging some form of caffeine before your workout, you're doing your body a disservice. Don't believe us? Here are six reasons why you should consider coffee, tea, or Red Bull before, during, and even after your next trip to the gym.
Caffeine improves your mood and focus, making you want to work out.
You know what a cup of coffee or spot of tea can do for an afternoon slump. Not surprisingly, it does the exact same for your workout. "Caffeine simply makes us feel better so that we can soldier on with our activities for longer before our productivity, concentration, or motivation wane," says Louise Burke, one of the world's leading researchers on how caffeine affects physical performance. Drink coffee, slurp a caffeinated gel, or have flat soda (carbonation can cause stomach upset), and your mental focus will also double, says Burke, giving you the self-discipline to hit the gym…and stay there.
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