Why you should drink coffee before your workout

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Why You Should Drink Coffee Before Your Workout

By Amanda Kabbabe and Keleigh Nealon, Buzz60

Feeling sluggish and not really in the mood to work out? There's a solution: Coffee!

Or, more specifically, caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, heart and blood pressure, which are all crucial to your workout.

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Caffeine can trigger the release of dopamine, which is that natural "feel-good" chemical that your brain produces.

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What's an espresso?

Like a concentrated coffee shot (and the drink of choice throughout Europe), an espresso is "seven grams of specifically roasted coffee, extracted by an espresso machine for approximately 24 seconds," says Tal Inbar, owner of NYC's Macchiato Espresso Bar. Want to drink it the insider way? Don't order it to go. Italians drink their espresso while standing at the café.

What's a macchiato?

A macchiato is "the same as espresso but 'stained' with a little bit of foam—the word macchiato comes from the Italian word that means to stain," says Inbar.

What's a cortado?

"Cortado means cut (it comes from the Spanish word cortar). It's an espresso 'cut' with approximately the same amount of steamed milk." If you find an espresso or macchiato a little too strong, you'll love this option.

What's a cappuccino?

Three equal parts: a third espresso, a third milk, a third froth. "If frothed correctly (and if the texture is correct), this is not supposed to be so distinct and broken apart but rather a smooth, silky texture blending each of the elements," Inbar says.

What's a dry cappuccino?

Don't like too much milk in your coffee? Try ordering your cappuccino 'dry.' "This is usually very little warm milk and more foam or froth," says Inbar.

What's a red eye?

If a regular coffee is no longer perking you up the same way, try a red eye for an extra jolt: "It's drip coffee with a shot of espresso."

What's a caffe latte?

For those who like more watered-down, less-intense coffee drinks, a latte is "the opposite of a cappuccino," says Inbar. "It consists of espresso with a lot of warm milk and a little bit of froth."

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Increased levels of dopamine will lead you to not only work out harder but enjoy yourself while you do it!

It's the main substance found in most pre-workout formulas, but the coffee tends to taste a whole lot better.

Research finds people who drink coffee before working out ate 72 percent fewer calories later on, and they were better at controlling cravings than those who skipped the joe.

It's important to not get carried away, as there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Overdoing your coffee consumption can dehydrate you and have a laxative effect, which is the last thing you need before hitting the gym.

Learn how your body responds to the caffeine, and reach for the coffee about 20 to 30 minutes before your workout to prevent cramping.

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