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Exercise Booster: Caffeine

If you're a caffeine drinker, you may find it has a surprising benefit. Drinking a little joe may help our exercise.
If you're a caffeine drinker, you may find it has a surprising benefit.  Drinking a little joe may help our exercise.

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. 

But don't overdo it.  If you do consume caffeine, keep it to about 400 milligrams a day - the equivalent of about a 16 oz cup of coffee. 

And don't forget to continue to drink plenty of water. 


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)


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