ATHLETE COFFEE DRINKERS
Athlete coffee drinkers should perk up as a daily dose of coffee is finally being recognized for it’s beneficial properties.
Coffee Drinkers rejoice!
Apparently there is good reason for athlete coffee drinkers to perk up as it seems their daily dose of Joe might not be such a bad thing after all.
There have been rumblings for several years now about the possible benefits of coffee. Today it’s been all over the news that up to six cups of coffee a day not only won’t hurt you, but is actually good for you.
A WELCOME SURPRISE
This revelation came after a 20 year study of male and female athlete coffee drinkers and came as a complete and pleasant surprise to many coffee fanatics.
That might explain why many athletes have long believed that drinking coffee will actually physically pick them up and enhance endurance and over-all athletic performance. So I wouldn’t be too quick to accept that coffee is detrimental to athlete nutrition.
There might be just as many benefits from drinking coffee as there are benefits of drinking water.
Most of us link coffee with caffeine and the buzz and lift it gives us as we make our way through our busy lives. Indeed it does seem that athlete coffee drinkers have more energy on a more regular basis than those who abstain.
However, it has also been found that coffee might also contain beneficial antioxidants that help fight off the free radicals that invade our bodies on a daily basis.
In the study it was found there was a lower incidence of heart disease in those involved in the study when compared with national averages.
HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU DRINK?
Even this coffee lover would be hard-pressed to put back 6 cups of coffee a day even if it is true that athlete coffee drinkers perform better up by adopting this practice.
My personal take on it is to enjoy a cup or two(or maybe 3)of your favorite coffee per day, and not go over-board. I’m sure like with most things in life that offers any semblance of enjoyment, moderation is the key.
It does bring up an interesting point however. Like the pro triathlete who insisted on his 2 or 3 cups of strong, black coffee every morning before his Ironman race.
I remember two years in a row when he finished 6th overall in Ironman Canada so it makes you think there is something in it.
Also, caffeine is a banned substance when it comes to Olympic athletes. That tidbit of information in itself might tell you that there is some validity to the fact that it might give the coffee drinking athletes a competitive edge.
Of course I don’t think a few cups of coffee is enough to get you into “hot water” but caffeine pills might. So like just about everything else in life, moderation seems to be the key to keep in mind.
I have tried coffee myself before 10 KM races in the past and did find that I got a bit of a boost from it in the early going of the race.
Others report that it was a big help to their endurance and drinking coffee does indeed pick them up physically as well as mentally.
Just thought I would pass this on, because like the egg, it seems like all the bad press for coffee is coming to an end. I would say enjoy your coffee.
However, use good judgment and not over-do it as most likely even the coffee drinker who enjoys a single cup of coffee a day will feel a bit of an increase in alertness and energy.
As far as incorporating jolts of strong coffee into your race morning preparations, I would strongly recommend testing it out in training first.
Caffeine seems to have its own beneficial effects; the diabetes studies found that those who drank regular coffee had lower risks of the disease than decaf drinkers.
Caffeinated coffee drinking has also been linked with reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, gallstones, cirrhosis and liver cancer.
So I suppose when all the pro and cons of coffee drinking are weighed it really does not appear that enjoying your three cups or so of coffee every day is not necessarily a bad thing.
And adding a few cups of strong coffee to your early morning race-day ritual might actually be a very smart thing for athlete coffee drinkers.
Some of the most popular coffee in the world is grown in Kona on the Big Island in Hawaii and you can have a look at them in the Kona Coffee Gallery below.
Maybe you had a chance to try Kona coffee for yourself if you happened to be in Kona during Ironman Hawaii time.
If not, here’s your chance to check out the wide range of coffees and teas available from Kona Coffee.
Read these 7 reasons why coffee is good for you.