Drinking coffee for an extra boost in exercise

Caffeine helps improve memory

NEW YORK (CNN) – Drinking a cup of joe before exercise may give your workout a boost.

If you want a better workout try a little caffeine before you lace up your tennis shoes. It may boost your exercise routine. How so? For starters, if you’re a trained athlete it may help you burn more calories a few hours post workout according to a study out of Spain.

Other research from Japan finds that drinking coffee may also improve circulation getting our blood flowing a little more. Better circulation may mean a better workout. And a study from Johns Hopkins finds that caffeine helps improve memory.

People who had about 8 ounces of coffee did better on memory tests given a day later. This brain boost may help with recall for your exercise routine. For endurance, athletes combining caffeine with carbs after a workout may increase the stockpile of muscle fuel meaning more reserves for the next workout. That’s according to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

However, don’t overdo it. If you do consume caffeine, keep it to about 400 milligrams a day the equivalent of about a 16oz cup of coffee. Also, don’t forget to continue to drink plenty of water.

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