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 stalls fatigue so you can exercise longer and harder.
While caffeine can do wonders to improve your mood and alertness, it offers an even bigger benefit to your workout by making you last longer. "The most sustained and valuable feature of caffeine is that it reduces our perception of fatigue, effort, or pain," says Burke. In other words, you'll feel less tired and more energized to run, swim, lift weights, or whack tennis balls after a cup of coffee, Red Bull, or energy gel.
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