The benefits of coffee consumption for active people

It’s no secret that most of us really, really love our coffee. Brewed for generations, and throughout the world, the drink has been heralded by an elixir for some – for the rest of us, it’s the only way we can make it to work in the morning.

Coffee not only tastes delicious, it has hidden health benefits as well. Photo: Courtesy of Glen Carrie/Unsplash
Coffee not only tastes delicious, it has hidden health benefits as well. Photo: Courtesy of Glen Carrie/Unsplash

Not only does coffee smell and taste heavenly, it also has hidden health benefits, particularly for athletes and outdoorsy people.

Coffee increases awareness

Awareness is key to success. Photo: Courtesy of Kyle Meck/Unsplash
Awareness is key to success. Photo: Courtesy of Kyle Meck/Unsplash

This should come as no surprise to anyone that has tried coffee. With its natural caffeine, coffee provides a jolt to the body, keeping muscles and mind functions alert.

Coffee aids in burning fat

Coffee keeps you toasty when temps drop. Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Welch/Unsplash
Coffee keeps you toasty when temps drop. Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Welch/Unsplash

Just one cup of coffee can increase fat burning by four percent, according to Active.com.

Combining the benefits of java with a solid workout will keep you fueled up and fit.

Coffee protects your brain

Keep your mind and body fine-tuned and ready to roll. Photo: Courtesy of Annie Spratt/Unsplash
Keep your mind and body fine-tuned and ready to roll. Photo: Courtesy of Annie Spratt/Unsplash

As athletes, we need our bodies to be in peak shape when performing our favorite sport. The often overlooked side of the athletic equation is brain function.

Staying sharp mentally has endless bodily benefits, and coffee is known to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s, as well as keeping general brain function sharp.

Coffee has been shown to reduce soreness after exercise

Noting quite beats a coffee after an intense workout. Photo: Cynthia Magana/Unsplash
Noting quite beats a coffee after an intense workout. Photo: Cynthia Magana/Unsplash

Sore muscles after a gnarly bike ride, or surf session? It may be time to pick up a cup of joe.

Many studies have shown that drinking coffee after a workout can keep muscle pain at bay, increasing recovery time.

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