Coffee and Cycling !
What's the Connection?
Why do cyclists love drinking coffee?
Researchers have found that if you drink a cup of coffee before a bike ride, your level of endurance will be increased by up to 15%. Pretty neat huh?
And this is because caffeine helps your body use fat as fuel instead of glycogen. Which means you'll be able to go further with less effort. You may never want to go on a bike ride without drinking a cup o' joe first again!
As someone who both rides bikes and drinks coffee before or after a ride, I too often ponder this question. For years, most people (like me) had assumed there wasn't much to it other than its social aspect - but recently scientists have come up with some interesting explanations.
Here’s what I learned when I combined the two. Like so many other stimulants, caffeine is always monitored heavily, but there are benefits to cycling while drinking coffee. For starters - we're all told that it's a recognised tool for an everyday cyclist (and everyone else). And there are benefits beyond just having some extra motivation!
What makes cyclists any different?
Well first of all, biking stimulates the nervous system and releases adrenaline for energy. This is perfect if you’ve been away from biking and want to get back to your normal fitness routine. Studies show that drinking a black coffee before riding helps boost fat-burning rates even more. But be careful: too much caffeine can mess up your sleep schedule. So don't rely on it if you've been having trouble sleeping lately - just keep an eye out on how you feel until you're feeling refreshed or confident enough to hop back onto your bike again! Keeping healthy means keeping an eye out on both your mental and physical health as well as your digestive health, which means steering clear of excess caffeine.
Caffeine has a way of speeding up your metabolism, preserving muscle glycogen levels in your system after working out. This means that not only will you feel good about shedding some kilos and gaining some lean muscle during recovery from a tough workout—you'll also have the extra benefit of being able to focus better when pushing yourself beyond what feels comfortable. And if there's anything cyclists know how to do, it's push themselves outside their comfort zone!
Some people take caffeine right before they exercise; others prefer waiting until they've finished exercising first, then having one cup (or two!) after they're done. What matters most is what works best for YOUR body—some people may find that drinking coffee an hour before exercise helps them stay alert on the bike or even just feel good overall; other folks may need to wait a bit longer than that for their caffeine boost to hit full force. Either way, though—caffeines positive effects are clear-cut!
Riding a bike while drinking coffee has been seen as an integral part of culture and society for many years. However, new research indicates that it can be beneficial for cyclists - acting as a stimulant to both the central nervous system and muscles in the body. The scientific community is constantly evolving with new discoveries every day, but one thing that we know for sure: caffeine use among cyclists will continue well into the future.
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