Your Morning Cup Helps Burn Fat, Boost Energy and More
Everyone wants to start the day off with their best foot forward. For a lot of people, this means incorporating some form of exercise into their morning routine. Maybe it’s a brisk walk as the sun comes up, or maybe it’s a full-blown run or heart-pounding bike ride, but before you stumble out into the half-darkness, you’re definitely going to want some coffee. According to recent medical studies, that’s a very good thing.
Get quick, fast.
If you’re heading out the door in a hurry, coffee can get you awake and alert within 10 minutes of your first sip. Caffeine is a fast-acting stimulant and has long been used to improve awareness and reaction time — just the thing you need as you’re dodging traffic on your morning jog.
Feel the burn.
The caffeine found in coffee is one of the few chemicals that can actually boost your metabolism and release fat into the bloodstream. So your fat-burning enzymes will have a little extra pep in their step, as well, while you’re doing your morning workout (assuming you took it easy on the cream and sugar).
When caffeine triggers the body to start burning fat, it leaves glycogen — the body’s main source of energy — in reserve. So if you put coffee in your bloodstream early in the workout, you’ll still have some gas in the tank at the end.
Don’t worry about dehydration.
It’s a common myth that caffeine is a diuretic. In normal quantities, your body treats coffee like any other liquid. In other words, your morning cup is as hydrating as the stuff in your water bottle, so drink some of the good stuff before you go!
All of these benefits are real, and you don’t even have to be exercising to enjoy them. Coffee provides hydration, alertness, and a boost to your metabolism, whether you’re training for a marathon or just rushing out the door to catch a train.
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