"A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water." - Chinese Proverb
If we're working out, more than likely we care about our health in some regard, so why aren't we drinking healthy to reach our performance goals?
You may already drink Red Bull or the latest sugar loaded, chemically formulated, pre-workout powders to push yourself harder in the gym. But – spiking your caffeine and sugar intake might actually hinder your performance, both in the gym and after. Caffeine itself can actually be a great fat burner and energizer for your workouts, but how much is too much?
Drinking tea can fuel your workouts as an all natural alternative that’ll boost your hydration and prevent your muscles from tiring, as well as being tons healthier for your heart and nervous system. Individuals who drink tea prior to their workouts report increased endurance, elevated mental focus, and had reduced aches and pains after exercising. To get the most out of your pre workout tea, try drinking 1 - 2 cups 30 - 45 minutes before you hit the gym. Take a deeper look at why tea makes an awesome pre workout drink:
Drinking tea as a pre workout drink can help you see results faster by boosting your muscular contractions. The balanced caffeine levels in tea effectively increase the amount of fat used to power your workout and increase the time it takes your body to reach fatigue so you can exercise for longer. One study in the American Journal of Physiology found tea to increase endurance by 8 to 24 percent!
As our muscle tissue contains over 75% water, making sure we’re hydrated is crucial for an intense workout session. Choosing to dehydrate ourselves by taking high dose caffeine tablets or energy drinks or not replenishing fluids throughout a workout can seriously affect our output.
Get optimum results by ensuring you drink tea before a workout to prolong our endurance and ensure our cells are hydrated in preparation for losing water as we sweat.
We can all relate to the pain we feel after lifting heavier weights in the gym. We’re stiff, achey and less likely to workout for a few days after. Green tea is high in catechins which can help reduce muscle damage. To relieve the soreness and knots we feel in our muscles after a hard session, drink a cup of green tea pre and/or post-workout so you can get back to beasting it sooner than later.
Thanks to antioxidants called catechins, tea can help you shed more fat during exercise. Research published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2009 found individuals who drank green tea over 12 weeks, recorded more fat loss from around the abs and lost 2.4lbs more than those who didn’t consume tea.
It's such a small step with huge nutritional value. Next time you're reaching for a pre-workout pick you up, avoid sugary drinks and over caffeination. Try brewing up some of your favorite tea, throw it in your water bottle with some ice and go crush your fitness goals.