Should You Drink Coffee Before or After a Workout?

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Ahh, the dreaded question, is it better to drink coffee before or after a workout? Caffeine is a stimulant, so it should boost your workouts, but what about the stomach issues and shakiness that comes with drinking a cup of coffee? Can’t this be harmful to your workout? So, should you drink coffee before or after a workout?

Drinking coffee before a workout can improve your metabolism and enhance your performance. Some research even suggests that consuming caffeine before a workout can increase caloric burn for several hours post-exercise.

But when using caffeine before a workout, make sure you consume the right amount, since if you drink too much you may have the previously mentioned side effects. It’s best to drink coffee 20 minutes prior to exercising so your body has time to digest it. If you’re sensitive to caffeine or have a sensitive stomach, start with a small dose of coffee and increase it over time.

If you’re drinking coffee post-workout, make sure you’re not drinking it too close to bedtime, since it can negatively affect your sleep. For nighttime workouts, if you need energy, consider non-caffeinated sources like maca or beetroot.