We recently did a post on out Instagram explaining the effects of caffeine post workout. We can use caffeine in many ways so we thought we would dig a little bit deeper into why caffeine is great post workout and ways you can add it to your post workout routine. Let's dive in.
Caffeine aids in carbohydrate uptake;
What this basically means in a short form is carbohydrates work post exercise but carbohydrates mixed with caffeine work better. This will help you recover better if you need to bounce back quicker or are looking to keep going.
Helps mobilise fats;
Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells, telling them to break down fat. This is particularly great post-workout, for more rapid breakdowns. Caffeine actually does this by increasing blood levels of the hormone epinephrine, (also known as adrenaline). Obviously you should be careful with this as we do recommend refuelling properly as well. Using some kind of protein source, good whole foods and electrolyte water.
Can restore glycogen levels quicker;
The researchers found the following:
One hour after exercise, muscle glycogen levels had replenished to the same extent whether or not the athlete had the drink containing carbohydrate and caffeine or carbohydrate only.
Four hours after exercise, the drink containing caffeine resulted in 66% higher glycogen levels compared to the carbohydrate-only drink
We hope you gained something out of this and now know caffeine can be useful pre and post workout.
Here is a protein coffee smoothie recipe that is perfect for post workout: 🍌🫐
- 1 x Banana
- Handful of spinach
- Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 100ml Innerbloom Cold Brew Coffee
- 1 x Scoop of protein
- Handful of blueberries
- 200ml Oat Milk
Blend and enjoy 🌞