It’s noon and I’m standing at 12,999 feet…which means my head is above 13,000 ft. I’ve just rock climbed to the top of a huge granite spire called Temple Crag in the Palisade Basin of the Sierra Nevada. I’m feeling really good. My partner and I had awakened at 3:30 am to start today’s adventure. We blasted the 6+ mile approach in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
So how does caffeine affect us and how do we use it to improve energy and performance?
It best helps your performance when you DON’T use it all the time. Take note that I didn’t say that you never use it. But I am going to talk about cutting back and using caffeine strategically. Why should you reduce your caffeine intake? It has to do with how stimulants affect the body and our energy level.
Let’s explore the effects of caffeine and how to use it to your advantage.
Homemade sports drinks are easy to make, cheap, and infinitely better for you than the store-bought options. Not only can you avoid the added high fructose corn syrup, but also the chemical flavorings, color additives and other lab-based substances. You can also make nutrient dense sports drinks to fit your needs and taste.
YES! If you were looking for confirmation to keep chugging that oh so tasty protein drink (sick) you got it. But also keep in mind that timing and forms of protein matter as much, if not more, for adequate recovery, muscle growth and energy. Here are some tips on protein needs for endurance and outdoor activities.