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TheDailyMeal.com: Best (and Worst) Drinks for Before and After a Workout

What to Drink: Coffee

Surprised? We were, too. But it turns out that a little dose of caffeine can help increase endurance, boost your workout (especially if you don’t work out much), and even help relieve post-workout soreness. Plus, caffeine can reduce your perception of pain and exertion if you’re, say, lifting weights. A study of men lifting weights found that those who drank a liquid with the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee were able to complete more reps when bench-pressing. How does it work? Caffeine blocks pain signals from your muscles to your brain. Try an espresso shot about a half-hour before your workout, or a post-workout cup of joe. The experts recommend 2.3 milligrams of caffeine per pound of body weight about an hour before your workout, to get the most out of your coffee. And provided you don’t drink a ton of coffee, it won’t dehydrate you too much post-workout. Hey, if Michael Jordan was doing it back in his heyday, we can imagine you’ll like the results from a cup of joe, too.

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