A Cup of Coffee to Boost Athletic Performance

A cup of coffee to improve athletic performance

In addition to boosting alertness, caffeine has been discovered  to improve athletic performance and burn more fat

It is a known fact that caffeine can spike alertness  and give exercise a boost; however new research reveals another benefit to a powerful brew for runners and cyclists. Australian scientists put two groups of amateur athletes through a series of trials including a ninety-minute session in the saddle at Griffith University in Queensland. One group was given a caffeine boost before setting off – the other was given a placebo. After the sessions each group was given meals with an ‘eat as much as you like’ instruction from their assessors.

The results of the trial – published in the Journal of Physiology – showed that those who had taken the caffeine perceived the ride as being easier and more pleasurable than those on the placebo. They also used more energy and oxidised more fat yet ate fewer calories during the meal than those on the placebo.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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