We love PR Coffee for so many fitness benefits:
1. Helps Burn Fat and Boost Energy
The high levels of caffeine in coffee significantly improve the ability to burn fat during exercise. In addition, drinking coffee in the morning means consuming fewer calories during the day because caffeine suppresses appetite.
Research shows a significant increase in fat oxidation (burning)as a result of increased metabolism. This means coffee provides more effective fat burning during a workout and for several hours following exercise.checking with their physician first.
2. Increases Metabolism
Caffeine enhances the metabolic rate, the rate at which the body uses or burns energy. Research shows that consuming coffee is associated with a significant increase in metabolic rate during caffeine ingestion and continuing for three hours.
3. Enhances Athletic Performance
“Caffeine is effective for enhancing various types of performance when consumed in low-to-moderate doses,” according to a position stand from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. Even if you are already a coffee drinker, you may find that simply consuming your coffee prior to working out yields a significant difference in performance ability.
Caffeine enables an athlete to train longer and with greater power output. Caffeine was also shown to improve endurance levels and resistance to fatigue. Endurance athletes appear to benefit greatly from coffee. Coffee stimulates the body to use fat stores, instead of muscle glycogen (sugar), during long workouts. This allows for prolonged use of working muscles.
Research on coffee and the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) indicated that athletes had a more positive exercise experience when they consumed coffee. They felt less fatigue and effort during their workout sessions.
4. Promotes Better Concentration
A study measured the cognitive effects of caffeine on athletes. Those athletes consuming caffeine prior to intense fitness training showed improved concentration with the ability to sustain high levels of exercise intensity. These results also included athletes without sufficient sleep.
5. Reduces Muscle Pain
A small study involving women found that drinking two cups of coffee can reduce post-workout muscle soreness. This is a significant improvement for active adults concerned about soreness after an intense workout.
Another small study of caffeine-consuming males found that caffeine significantly reduced post-workout muscle soreness and shortened recovery time compared to a placebo when measured on day 2 and 3 post-workout. The participants drinking coffee prior to upper body weight training were also able to complete more repetitions on their final set.
Drinking a cup of coffee prior to exercise may help those who tend to give up during a workout. Exercise can cause painful lactic acid build-up when the muscle is stressed. Some tend to stop working out because of this discomfort.
6. Helps Fight Disease
Coffee contains powerful antioxidants shown to reduce our risk of disease. Antioxidants work by removing free radicals that cause inflammation in the body resulting in illnesses and diseases. According to research published in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “coffee provides one of the greatest sources of antioxidants in the American diet.”
Coffee and caffeine health benefits have been linked to disease prevention. Studies have shown coffee to reduce inflammation, help Parkinson’s disease, and lower the incidence of certain cancers. It may also lower the occurrence of gallstones.
Johns Hopkins Medicine recently reported that, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “it’s safe for most people to drink three to five cups of coffee a day with a maximum intake of 400 milligrams of caffeine.”
They reported multiple benefits of drinking coffee, including the following:
- Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death.
- Coffee...contains antioxidants and other active substances that may reduce internal inflammation and protect against disease.
- Dark roast coffee decreases breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.
- ...coffee drinkers - decaf or regular - were 26 percent less likely to develop colorectal cancer.
- Coffee is chock full of substances that may help guard against...Alzheimer's disease and heart disease.