Exercise and Fitness Tips
The Worst Summer Exercise Mistakes
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Drinking Hot Coffee Before Your Run
Sure, drinking java has been shown to help you run faster and work out longer, but you might want to limit your prejog joe during the summer months. The caffeine in coffee acts as a diuretic and may increase your chances of dehydration if you drink more than 5 cups. And, if you like your brew hot, you could be hurting your performance. A study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that cooling your body before a run could enhance performance. People who drank an ice-cold slushie before working out in the heat were able to run longer and felt less exhausted than those who drank cold water.
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