Numerous studies have shown that caffeine intake can increase physical endurance during high-intensity exercise such as running, cycling, or swimming.
A series of studies have shown that consuming caffeine about an hour before physical activity improves performance, an interesting finding ahead of the Tel Aviv Marathon on Friday, February 24th.
Caffeine and athletic endurance have been going, one might even say running, hand in hand for many years, writes The Jerusalem Post . Numerous studies have shown that caffeine intake can increase physical endurance during high-intensity exercise such as running, cycling, or swimming.
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While espresso and black coffee are known to increase performance, it’s important to note that milky or sweet coffee drinks, such as lattes and cappuccinos, do not contribute to significant caffeine intake.
With billions of cups of coffee consumed worldwide every day, caffeine is by far the most consumed natural performance enhancer on the planet.
How does caffeine affect athletic performance?
Researchers believe that the reason coffee and caffeine can improve our athletic performance is because caffeine binds to receptors for various substances in the nervous system, specifically caffeine inhibits the production of adenosine.
Adenosine is an organic compound whose absorption by certain nerve cells slows down the activity of nerve cells, causing fatigue. Thus, caffeine can bind to the same receptor sites and block adenosine, making people feel less pain and fatigue.
Research has also shown that caffeine promotes muscle recovery after exercise, thereby reducing muscle soreness that can result from high-intensity exercise.
Therefore, science says that drinking a cup of coffee before a workout or before a race will allow you to be more alert and quick-witted.