Caffeine For Athletes

Performance Gains & Losses 

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Caffeine, one of the world’s greatest inventions for many Americans. Typically people drink their caffeine in the morning for a boost of energy but now caffeine isn’t just in your coffee and can be used for different purposes. 

Like anything we eat or drink, we should be aware of what we add to this natural stimulant — which makes the difference in how our bodies react to it and how much we should consume of it before it becomes a “performance loss” — I use this word because I am going to talk about the pros and possible cons of consuming caffeine while trying to be fit/healthy.

Lets start with, how many of my readers and fellow bloggers drink some form of caffeine? How often? does it work? 

Questions to consider because why consume a beverage with a purpose if it doesn’t work and why feel the need to consume more of it in order for it to work? The problem that lies with caffeine for athletes and non athletes is when we use it, some of us then have a hard time without it in our systems; we start to depend on it (not healthy). Now I am not against caffeine and its uses, as a matter of fact, I take a pre-workout supplement before my actual workouts sometimes to aid in my energy levels and it helps to make me push through my workouts a little longer BUT I don’t depend on it and can go without caffeine in my day to day life & while lifting. 

None of this is new information if you are someone who has had caffeine in your diet or has been one who needed to ween themselves from it, but this information is good to know if you are someone who plans on using a form of caffeine to aid in your workouts or day to day lifestyles. 

We got the black and white important stuff out the way — let’s chat performance gains and losses with caffeine.

Performance Gains

  • Caffeine helps to improve endurance — some studies have shown it had greater effects on endurance athletes compared to carbs. 
  • Caffeine can increase your body temperature, it turn making it so you burn more calories during your workout
  • Caffeine can help reduce the perception of effort – making it so an athlete works harder and for longer periods of time
  • can potentially aid in muscular endurance activities — high reps, circuits, etc 
Performance Losses
  • too much caffeine intake can lead to becoming immune to its effects — which then leads to someone drinking more doses 
  • it creates a spike of energy but then drops & can cause drowsiness 
  • caffeine that comes with additives that have added sugars and unknown ingredients are more harmful than helpful
  • for those who are hooked on daily doses of caffeine and depend on it, are likely to have bad headaches and bad sleeping pattern when going without it
  • Can raise blood pressure and heart rate
  • can interfere with glucose metabolism
  • Impairs your quality of sleep
Nobody needs to up and quit their cup of Joe before a workout or stop taking pre workout supplements but everybody needs to be cautious of their caffeine intake, be cautious of the type of caffeine they intake, be cautious of how their body takes to the caffeine — does it help or hinder you? does it effect you negatively or positively and has it created a problem where you depend on it? Is it natural or have you added sugars? Like everything else in life, drink it/eat it in moderation and consume it responsibly #cheers
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365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

9.02.19

Day 25

Is there something you need to give up or cut down on? Cigarettes/alcohol/caffeine? How can you take steps to do this?

  • No. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink a lot of caffeine and my alcohol consumption is rare. 
This is officially the LAST post on my self discovery journey! So happy I made it to the end and very grateful for all the support everyone has shown with my life journey & taking the time to get to know me a little deeper than the usual. 
 
Now, My plan is to go back to post about fitness/health/wellness & offer more topics and hopefully pics & vids! and I hope all who were fans of this blog prior to this self discovery journey, will continue to read my future post & those who enjoyed my questions and answers, should make it a goal to get to know yourself on a deeper level — even if it is within your own personal journal. I recommend everyone to want to know themselves and grow each and every day, because in order to be successful; you have to be willing to make changes. Thank you everyone! looking forward to the new journey awaiting this blog once more. 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.31.19

Day 23

Do you have a good work/life balance?

  • Yes. I’d say for having two jobs, I do a pretty good job with balancing my life with work so that I have plenty free time

365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.30.19

Day 22

What areas of your self care do you need to work on more?

  • My mental state/mindset– especially managing my social anxiety and anything that hinders me from feeling good about myself. Also, my dental could be better taken care of, I need to see a dentist and have routine wellness check ups and cleanings so that my oral health is good. 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.29.19

Day 21

Do you overthink things? Does this cause stress and worry?

  • Yes and yes. I tend to overthink everything and always have. When I overthink things it causes me to worry a lot more about the subject matter & in turn causes me stress. 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-Being

8.28.19

Day 20

Do you feel like your job is affecting your health?

  • Not my job/career as a personal trainer, but my third shift job that I do feel it has and still might be affecting my health due to my sleep schedule (not getting enough sleep) and eating habits (always eating more since working third shift). As of right now, I have been working on both of those things, and I make sleep a priority (at least 5-6 hours if possible) and I have changed my eating habits so that I consume less while at work — which has helped because then I don’t fall into a food coma.