You know that girl, the one with a Starbucks cup stashed in the cup holder of the elliptical during her a.m. sweat sesh? Admit it: youâ€™ve judged her. But, turns out, she might be on to something.
Drinking a couple cups of coffee before a workout could actually make it feel more enjoyable, according to new research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch.
Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo.
When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.
But waitâ€”thereâ€™s more! The researchers also examined how that caffeine affected eating habits later in the day by treating the subjects to a sandwich buffet and tracking their calories consumed.
When caffeinated pre-workout, subjects ate about 72 calories less than when they had the placebo. Moral of the story: caffeine makes your workout more fun and keeps you from overindulging later in the day. Cheers to that!-SELF