Caffeine sometimes gets a bad rap in the world of health & Fitness but is caffeine bad for you? Discover the bad, the good, and the myths of caffeine.
Hey. Kris Simpson, Bodies by Design. Those who know me know that I love caffeine. I feel guilty sometimes because in the world of health and fitness, caffeine sometimes gets a bad rap, but is it really all that bad. Let’s talk about the bad, the good, and the myths of caffeine. First of all, we’ll talk about the bad. You know that caffeine elevates your heart rate and your blood pressure. If you’ve got heart problems or high blood pressure, you should be avoiding caffeine. Likewise, if you suffer from anxiety or stress. Also, physical dependency. Are you the type of person that no one can speak to before your morning Java? Well, you’re physically dependent on caffeine.
If that’s the bad, what is the good about caffeine? Well, I’ll tell you. It increases your metabolic rate while you’re training and increases your body fat burning. What I do before my training is I have a double shot of espresso and that’s sort of like throwing gas on to a fire. It fires me up and I sustain that burn throughout my entire workout. It also has shown to improve athletic performance including stamina and endurance, and last but not least, focus! It increases your mental clarity and concentration in times when you really need to be focused like training.
What about the myths of caffeine? They say that caffeine dehydrates the body and they’re right, but you see when you’re taking in caffeine you’re also taking it with a beverage, so you’re taking the water in that you’re losing. It sort of cancels itself out. They also say that caffeine robs the body of calcium and they’re right by saying that as well, but did you know that if you were to drink one cup of coffee, you could replace the calcium lost with two tablespoons of milk.
There you have it; the good, the bad, and the myths of caffeine. Go on without the guilt, get your Java Joe!
Inspire to Aspire,