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Afterwards, Have a Cup of Coffee

After they compete, Olympic athletes should have...a cup of coffee!

Recipe to recover more quickly from exercise: Finish workout, eat pasta, and wash down with five or six cups of strong coffee. Glycogen, the muscle's primary fuel source during exercise, is replenished more rapidly when athletes ingest both carbohydrate and caffeine following exhaustive exercise. Athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrates alone.

Researcher John A. Hawley says, "If you have 66% more fuel for the next day?s training or competition, there is absolutely no question you will go farther or faster." Caffeine is present in common foods and beverages, including coffee, tea, chocolate and cola drinks.

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