Drugs are defamatory, bad for health and unacceptable but for one drug which has been placed on the pedestals and given the treatment of a king! Its none other than caffeine and for those of you who are in a state of shock realizing that caffeine is a drug it would rather be suitable that we call it an ergogenic (performance-enhancing substance) aid.
Exercising involves expelling energy and the activity becomes a despised chore when you lack the required energy to perform. This is a compelling reason for elite athletes to take caffeine before training or competition-to improve performance, decrease fatigue level and experience less pain. Such has been the use of caffeine in the sports and physical activity industry that this drug has become an indispensable part of multiple products such as energy drinks, sports gels, alcoholic beverages and diet aids. Ancient men and women consumed caffeine in the form of coffee and tea mostly as caffeine was naturally present in coffee and cacao beans. But now, manufacturers have started producing it chemically and adding them to our all-time favorite energy drinks that help individuals overcome fatigue and maximize their performance.
Takes its Sweet Own Time
Caffeine acts as a stimulant on the nervous system and blocks the production of a chemical that is produced by the body in times of stress and trauma. It mainly elevates alertness levels, helps the muscles burn more fat and makes the individual feel less painful to workout. Generally, muscles burn glycogen stores and when these are exhausted you feel weak and tired while working out. These muscles can also burn fat and when this happens the muscles don’t tire easily. Effects of caffeine are found in activities that last as little as 60 seconds or as long as 2 hours. Also, research has constantly supported the positive effects of caffeine on physical performance, but the effect doesn’t stay the same on every individual. Endurance activities such as running seem to hold a better advantage over resistance activities such as weight lifting. Also, effects are greater on individuals who consume it rarely.
It’s been also researched that consuming caffeine as coffee is rather ineffective compared to doping with pure caffeine. Whatever it is, don’t go beyond the 400-milligram mark set by dietary guidelines for consuming caffeine every day. Too much of caffeine can have side effects such as dizziness, headache and much more as given in the website www.firsteatright.com.
Advantages of caffeine on people who exercise include:
Please don’t use caffeine as your solution during lack of energy each time before exercising. It might also be due to inadequate sleep, exercising too much or an improper diet. Correct all of these and then if you still want to, consume caffeine an hour or so before exercising to maximize performance. When used in the right way and within recommended limits caffeine can have a beneficial effect on the body. But it is also required to think not once but twice before consuming a caffeine-rich beverage as these are also loaded with calories.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.