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Drinking Coffee After Working Out Isn't Bad For You

Do You Need a Caffeine Fix After a Workout?

molly sims gymIt's not shocking that a majority of you usually drink something caffeinated before exercising, but what about after your workouts? Molly Sims, pictured here, grabbed a cuppa joe after an arduous workout recently, while other celebs like Mila Kunis have been spotted with caffeinated beverages post-workout as well.

You may think that coffee and working out don't mix very well because caffeine can make you dehydrated. It's actually been proven that the caffeine in coffee only has mild diuretic effects and does not lead to dehydration. But caffeinated drinks can still make you jittery, sleepless, or anxious, which is why water is always your best bet for staying hydrated before and after a workout.

And in terms of after your sweat session, coffee might actually reduce muscle pain since it blocks the body's receptors for adenosine, a chemical released in response to inflammation. So if you want to work out, and have your coffee too — go for it! Just be sure you don't wreck your coffee with calorie-hefty add-ons like cream and sugar!

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Heather-Dale Heather-Dale 4 years
Lol MadEddy!
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
Nope. Never been a caffeine junkie
MadEddy MadEddy 4 years
Before, after--heck, I'd even get my caffeine fix during if I didn't think my gym would frown on me bringing a cup of coffee in there. I might have a little bit of a problem, haha.
EvieJ EvieJ 4 years
I have coffee before I workout, but I workout first thing in the morning. No coffee afterwards - if I have caffeine after about 11 I'm buzzed until midnight, sadly.
Pursy Pursy 4 years
I totally agree, GirlOverboard. I need caffeine TO workout and then maybe a tea a few hours post-workout.
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 4 years
Not immediately, no, because right after rigorous activity I'm usually pretty awake. It's about an hour later when I start to feel tired, especially if I've had a hot shower... :P
Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
I had a small latte after running today. It added pep to my step fer sure.
amber512 amber512 4 years
No caffeine for me.
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