Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sore After Working Out? Grab Some Caffeine

I guess it's never a good thing to have too much caffeine per day, but it does seem like it's is a regular do-it-all super-substance, especially when it comes to exercise! Not only can caffeine improve performance and endurance in exercise, but now it's been shown to reduce pain after working out!

In a new study published in The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers found that perceptions of muscle pain were significantly reduced with the consumption of caffeine following a bout of high-intensity exercise. These results were found for both low and habitual caffeine consumers! The researchers went on to conclude that caffeine acts as a moderate hypoalgesic during high-intensity workouts, but caution that measures of perceived pain are highly subjective, and further investigation is necessary.

A professor from the University at which the study was performed stated that "If you go to the gym and you exercise and it hurts, you may be prone to stop doing that because pain is an aversive stimulus that tells you to withdraw," "If we could give people a little caffeine and reduce the amount of pain they're experiencing, maybe that would help them stick with that exercise."

More energy, better workout and less pain? Hey, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me!