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Jan182013

Get Fit With Caffeine

Exercise and a healthy diet is energizing and fulfilling.  There are times, however, that you may not have the energy or motivation to exercise.  Grab a Hawaiian Energy Shotz on your way out the door to exercise...not only will it help "wake you up" and leave you feeling more alert, research shows that it boosts athletic performance as well.  Caffeine boosts fatty acid levels in the bloodstream, giving your body extra fuel for workouts. Caffeine before exercising allows your body to work longer and harder. 

Coventry University researchers conducted a small study that shows that caffeine is also beneficial to weight training.  Research participants who consumed energy drinks an hour prior to performing resistance exercises reported feeling less exertion than the caffeine-deprived control group.  Caffeine can also make you feel more alert and focused, which could help in sports that require concentration.

How much caffeine should you consume? Experts have different opinions. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 3-6 mg of caffeine per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight is the ideal amount for endurance sports. Thus a 175-pound athlete should consume 240- 480 mg of caffeine per the criteria.  Sounds like a bit much? Keep in mind that this is the recommended amount for well-trained athletes. No research has been done on "average" individuals, but it’s fair to say that at least half that would also be beneficial to an inexperienced, or "average", athlete.  

If you are just starting an exercise regime, particularly if you have a cardiovascular condition, it is best to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about exercise and your caffeine intake.

Information provided on this website is for entertainment and information purpose and not intended to diagnose or give medical advice. Consult a physician with your medical concerns.

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