Tough Workout? Recover with a cuppa

by DavalosMcCormack on January 18, 2011

Shirley and I went for a walk the other day. It was a lovely cool, sunny day and we had gone out for a cup of coffee early in the morning and we just kept going. We ended up walking from San Francisco over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito. It was a beautiful walk, probably ten miles in all, and even though we didn’t carry anything with us other than a purse and a couple of magazines, somehow, we didn’t die of dehydration!

A miracle.

Wet idea

Well, it felt like it because all the way along the way we saw teeming hoardes of runners passing us and most of them seemed to be carrying bottles or water or had several smaller bottles of water on belts around their waist.

Now, it wasn’t a hot day and most of these runners weren’t setting what you might call a fast pace, yet they all seemed to feel the need for regular hydration.

The best Shirley and I managed was to stop at a cafe along the way and get another cup of coffee. Yet new research shows this may have been all we really needed.

A most refreshing beverage

The research, published in the journal Food Technology, says that when it comes to recovering from a tough workout or ensuring you are properly hydrated you can skip the fancy sports drinks and enhanced waters that are now all the rage, instead all you need are some old school beverages, tea and coffee!

That’s right. Tea and coffee. They’ve been around for hundreds of years and are probably the most widely studied drinks in the world and most of that research points to them both having big health benefits.

Tea is packed with anti-oxidants and other compounds that can have a beneficial impact on the immune system. Studies have shown that regular tea drinking can reduce your risk of diabetes and cancer.

Coffee has a similar pedigree, helping reduce your cholesterol and risk of gall stones and may even be able to help reduce the risk of you developing Parkinson’s disease.

The cup that cheers

Nice cup of tea

Of course, there’s no giant marketing campaign to position a nice cuppa tea as the best way to bounce back from a punishing game of tennis, or a coffee as a restorative beverage after a vigorous yoga workout, so I’m sure people will continue to spend billions of dollars every year on vitamin-water or some other new gimmicky drink and ignore the fact that the healthiest of drinks have been around for hundreds (in the case of tea for thousands) of years.

But it’s given me an idea for a whole new line of sports drinks. Instead of  having a belt with water bottles attached I want to create one that has a pot of tea on one side, a cup, milk and sugar on the other so that you can stop and make yourself a nice cuppa along the way. It may not improve your speed but it will certainly help you look more elegant as you sip while you jog.

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