19 Dec

How Coffee Is Secretly Helping You Keep Fit

Every year, 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world. It’s as much a part of most people’s daily routine as getting out of bed and getting dressed.

 

And although scientists have been worried in the past that the amount of caffeine we consume could do us harm in the long run, the consensus is actually the reverse: your morning coffee can help with several aspects of your life, both now and in the future. Of course, coffee isn’t a miracle cure for anything - you still need to structure your fitness routine healthily, eat right, and keep hydrated - but making your morning cup of joe is probably better for you than you think.

 

What Coffee Does For You

Coffee contains caffeine, a stimulant that makes us feel more awake and ready for the day - drinking coffee in the morning isn’t only a routine, but also provides several material benefits. Ingesting coffee increases your metabolic rate, meaning you digest nutrients and burn fat more quickly. The stimulation from drinking coffee also extends to physical exercise: people who drink coffee before exercising (along, of course, with a healthy diet) outperform those who don’t by 11-12%.

What’s more, coffee is good for your skin and hair - just as caffeine gives you more energy, it can make your skin brighter and stimulate hair growth. Coffee is a great natural product that provides a range of benefits, so if you’re not already having a cup with breakfast, consider giving it a try.

 

How You Can Capitalise On The Benefits

While it provides great results, stopping for a coffee on your way to the gym (or to work) every day can get pricey fast, which makes some people understandably wary. Thankfully, making your coffee at home is both easy and can be a great way to take advantage of the benefits it provides. Having a steady morning routine makes us more likely to be productive during the day, meaning that on top of the boost to your workout that your coffee provides, you’re more likely to be enthusiastic about going to the gym.

Providing ourselves with good nutrition in the morning is also one of the most important things we can do for our bodies: by eating a healthy breakfast and making a cup of coffee, we’re refuelling our body to start the day ahead. Drinking coffee along with your breakfast makes sure your body, and your brain are ready for the day.

 

Keeping Your Coffee Working For You

Your morning coffee can be great, but there are a few things to avoid to make sure it’s not doing any harm. The most important coffee no-go for your health? No sugar. To get as much benefit as possible from your coffee with as few side effects as you can, you should try to drink your coffee black. Not only does that make sure you’re getting everything you can from your coffee, but it also means you’re not diluting it or taking harmful additives alongside it, like sugar or sweeteners.

If you’re not up for a black coffee, milk or cream is fine - but stay away from sugar or sweeteners as much as you can. Adding those to your coffee takes away from all the benefits you could have (like healthier teeth!) and instead introduces unhelpful quick-burn energy that could leave you feeling lethargic later. Instead of going for the sweetener, think about just having your coffee black.

Coffee is an overwhelming presence in adult life, but you shouldn’t feel bad about your morning cup - it’s helping your mind and body. Next time you make your coffee, congratulate yourself for giving your body a leg up!

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