A roaster of ours at the Buena Vista Roastery who is taking a few years respite in the Virgin Islands shared an interesting article with us. A study suggests that caffeine, whether in the habitual coffee drinker or the novice, can help to reduce the pain one may feel during exercise. Placebos and caffeine pills were used on a number of trials. Here’s one excerpt from Robert Motl of the University of Illinois.
“One of the things that may be a practical application, is 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,” Motl said. “So if we could give people a little caffeine and reduce the amount of pain theyâ€™re experiencing, maybe that would help them stick with that exercise.”
Author Ray Gill states that,
the current research could prove encouraging for a range of people, including the average person who wants to become more physically active to realize the health benefits.