He stops by the gym’s café for a cup of coffee before heading to the treadmill. Or, she walks into the gym with her favorite Starbucks coffee before busting it out in a high energy Zumba class. It would not surprise me if you have come across something similar. You know, someone who chugs down a quick drink of coffee? Be slow to criticize, though. While I am not here to wholly advocate caffeine, research has shown that drinking a cup of coffee before a workout can improve performance, offer some functional advantages, and may even help with weight loss.
Do you struggle to recover from training or feel out of breath and light headed during strenuous exercise? If so, try out the following three natural superfoods to boost your stamina and get back on track faster after your workout.
In one study, participants who consumed the purple root before working out were able to run faster and speed up by 5% during the last 1.1 miles 1. Researchers found that the natural nitrates in the beetroot made muscles more effective at utilizing energy and helped them recover faster.