Monday, June 9, 2014

Get Fitter this Summer with Pre-exercise Caffeine---and the Joy of Trying New Coffee Places on Vacation

OK, this notion of getting the perfect summer body is cliché. But so what? A lot of people are into working out and it can be lots of fun. Everyone knows (and appreciates) the benefits of working out, but did you know that drinking coffee before exercise makes you burn 15% more calories hours after exercise. It’s basically a two-for one proposition: post-exercise health benefits and increased metabolism plus a metabolic boost from coffee. 

The precise numbers can be found in this paper from the June 2014 issue of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. If you like to parse numbers and enjoy a good quantitative read, you will really enjoy this paper; however, the big takeaway is coffee before exercise augments exercise-related benefits.       

      

 Have you started vacationing or taking mini-vacations yet? The season is definitely ramping up, and it feels great. Several years ago, when we were in Mystic, Connecticut on a mini-vacation, I went to Bartleby’s Cafe on Main Street, aptly named for Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener. (I think perhaps if the guy had more coffee, he could have figured out how to get out of his unsatisfactory job situation.) Anyway, the coffee is excellent and the peanut butter cookies are amazing. So this year, I came back for more coffee...and my business card was still on the bulletin board five years later (talk about having a home-town feel).  It’s really close to the drawbridge and across the street from Mystic Pizza and the Black Dog General Store. Don’t miss it the next time you’re in town!