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Sore Muscles? Caffeine Could Help

Recent news has left me asking if there's anything caffeine can't do, and I'm feeling less and less like my caffeine habit is a vice. We learned that caffeine improves performance for most forms of exercise, making us faster and increasing endurance and strength, and more than 50 percent of you admit to drinking caffeine before some or all workouts. Newest research has found the effects of caffeine aren't limited to providing a pre-exercise boost that powers us through workouts.

Researchers at the University of Illinois rounded up a group of 25-year old men for an experiment. The men participated in two studies held one week apart, and had to perform intense exercise for 30 minutes during each session. They were given a placebo pill before the first session and a caffeine pill before the second session. The researchers found significant evidence that exercise after caffeine was less painful for the volunteers, no matter if they were regular caffeine drinkers or not.

One of the researchers suggested that the findings could help some people who shy from the gym because of too-painful workouts and said, "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." Do you think caffeine could help motivate people to revisit their gym?

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