If your New Year’s Resolution is to get fit, don’t kick the caffeine just yet. A new study shows that plain, black coffee can actually enhance endurance while exercising. The University of Georgia study notes that these effects are apparent in cycling and running workouts.
Endurance is increased by 24 percent on average, according to the study’s author, Simon Higgins, a third-year doctoral student in Kinesiology in the college of education.
Participants in the study drank coffee prior to running or cycling. After an intense workout, researchers measured results.
Most of the participants showed marked improvement, though more research must be conducted before official recommendations are given to athletes. This is largely because there are still many variables regarding the type of coffee and the way it is prepared. On average, a cup of coffee contains between 75 mg to 150 mg of caffeine, and an optimal amount is yet to be determined.
The study was published in the December issue of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. For further details on the study, the abstract can be found here.