Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Is Drinking Coffee the New Exercise?


Is drinking coffee the new exercise? Maybe not, but it has similar effects at the DNA level—at least in terms of its effect on muscle. An article published in Cell Metabolism has shown that caffeine changes DNA via tiny, incremental “epigenetic” modifications. In other words, coffee causes chemical changes in the body that changes DNA expression.

Most people who drink coffee before they exercise do so not because they are hoping to change their DNA, and enhance muscular contractions, but because it energizes their workout. But now that those benefits have been uncovered, a cup of pre-workout coffee offers the tantalizing promise of perfect workout synergy.

According to James Coughlin, MD, coffee enhances the experience of exercise. He says, “Coffee enhances nervous system function, thereby increasing alertness, vigilance, and arousal, and reducing fatigue. Caffeine improves cognitive performance, increases the body’s capacity for muscular work and exercise, and increases the need to urinate and blood flow in the kidneys. Caffeine increases coronary blood flow, as well as the force of cardiac and skeletal muscle contraction. It relaxes smooth muscle, especially bronchial muscle, and even produces a slightly higher metabolic rate.” He also claimed that coffee can help patients with chronic angina walk pain-free and that adults who drink coffee have approximately a 25% lower incidence of asthma compared with non-coffee-drinkers.”

Exercise, as we all know, is good for you---and exercise + coffee is great for you! So the next time you work out, grab a cup of coffee---before and after---for a metabolic boost and more!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is coffee the new exercise?

No, but Vitamin C is the new Chemo.

Organic Veggies are the new Cheeseburgers.

Nat Gas is the new Oil.

Gold is the new money.

Sophia Coppola is the new Coppola.

Lionsgate is the new Paramount.

Graphene is the new Silicon.

Southwest is the new Midwest.

Hunger Games is the new Survivor.

$5 gas is the new $4 gas.

2020 is the new 2010.

EA is the new Parker Bros.

Zuckerberg is the new, new Jobs.

Fleece is the new Down.

Black High Top Chuck Taylors are the New Black High Top Chuck Taylors (impossible to improve upon perfection).

Anonymous said...

The first lines of the book; "Empress," by Shan Sa:



Endless moons, an opaque universe, thunder, tornadoes, the quaking earth. Rare moments of peace; forehead up against my knees, arms around my head, I thought, I listened, I longed not to exist. But life was there, a transparent pearl, a star revolving slowly on its own axis. I was blind. My eyes stared into that other world, that other existence that dwindled a little every day. Its colors were extinguished, its images blurred. I was still left with cries of astonishment and feeble sobbing. I was oppressed by the impotence of these vague recollections, burned by their melancholy. Who am I? I asked Death as it crouched at my feet. Death moaned and gave no reply.

Where am I? I could hear laughter, voices saying, “It will surely be a boy, my Lord. He is moving. He is full of life.”

It mattered little who I would be. I was already weary of this vast-ness. I was weary of hoping, of waiting, of being myself—the center of the world.

I was soothed by the rustle of the wind. I listened to the trickle of rain. Across my sky in which the sun never rose, I could hear a little girl singing. I was lulled by her gentle, innocent voice. My sister, I foresaw great sorrow for her. A hand tried to caress me. But a wall lay between us.

Anonymous said...

For those interested in Fashion (and who isn't? After all it's living art) this is an interesting blog (thesartorialist.com);

From the website;

Founder/blogger/photographer Scott Schuman began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.

In addition to the blog, Schuman’s work has been featured in GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and Interview; for GQ, Schuman shot and edited his own page for over three years.

Schuman has appeared in national ad campaigns for The Gap and Verizon, and collaborated with Kiehl’s on an exclusively commissioned product and campaign surrounding Father’s Day.

Nespresso, DKNY Jeans, Gant, OVS, Crate & Barrel, and Absolut have all commissioned ad campaigns. Burberry, meanwhile, tapped Schuman to shoot the groundbreaking social media-cum-advertising “Art of the Trench” project.

In 2009 Penguin published an anthology of his images that has sold well over 100,000 copies to date and been translated into languages from English to Korean. Its limited-run Bespoke Edition sold out in less than three months.

His work resides in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

End;

Basically, Schuman, a professional photographer, goes around Milan, Paris and New York taking high quality photos of people he finds to be interesting from the perspective of Fashion. Then, people leave comments about the pictures (invariably they like whatever crazy thing these people are wearing). Fun!!!

Anonymous said...

I do like your blog.

You know what they say;

"It's not a gang without the cool girl."

BTW- Technical Writer was ranked as the 37th best job in the US, ahead of Surgeon and Lumberjack.

Unfortunately, they did not provide a ranking for Raconteur.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, I've been drifting away from the subject lately. Maybe I need some COFFEE.

Anonymous said...

Since I mentioned it, here are some of the Job Rankings which appeared recently. There were 200 jobs ranked, rather than give you the entire list, here are the top 10 and bottom 10;

The Top 10;

1. Software Engineer
2. Film Producer
3. Omnipotent Global Ruler
4. Model Agency Talent Scout
5. Fortune Teller
6. Meerkat Rangler
7. Drama Critic
8. CPA
9. Cow Poke
10.Federal Reserve Chairman

The Bottom 10;

191. Chimney Sweep
192. Keith Olberman's Assistant
193. Sewage Inspector
194. Secretary of State
195. Coal Miner
196. Financial Planner
197. Test Dummy
198. Dentist
199. Javelina Trainer
200. Economist

Anonymous said...

BTW- You're the Cool Girl.