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 stimulates your body to work harder.
Not only will you be happier during a workout, you'll also be stronger if you get your caffeine on before exercising. Recent research shows that using caffeine before a workout can help your muscles produce more force. Here's how it works: Caffeine lowers your body's levels of adenosine – a substance that builds up in your muscles during exercise and causes them to contract less forcibly. If you have less adenosine, you'll have stronger muscle contractions and you'll produce more force, whether you're running, cycling, shooting hoops, or lifting weights.
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