We are all looking for ways to get the most out of our workout time. On this occasion, I think we have the perfect solution to sit alongside your hard work. In this blog we ask, can Matcha boost your workout?
In short, yes, Matcha Tea can boost your workout efforts. Scientific studies demonstrate that a 1g shot of Matcha boosts endurance, increases metabolism, and powers up your focus. It’s a natural, organic and healthy way to boost your exercise routines. Read on to find out more of the detail…
Exercise supplements are more available than ever before. Claims range from endurance to fat-burning to energy. They are becoming more and more popular in helping people get ready for and/ or recover from, their workout routines. Many of these supplements contain added nasties, sugar, or sweeteners. Well, it doesn’t need to! Organic Matcha is the ultimate natural work out booster! It provides plenty of nutrients, including antioxidants that bolster your health and improve endurance and overall athletic performance.
Is Matcha Good Pre-Workout?
Absolutely. Matcha contains a small amount of the natural stimulant caffeine. It also contains the amino acid L-Theanine. These two useful compounds appear to work in harmony together to provide a slow release of energy, rather than the quick boost and dip associated with coffee.
The L-Theanine has also been shown to promote Alpha brain waves which support concentration and focus. The more you focus on getting the most out of your workout the better!
The antioxidant (Catechins) epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG also boosts the ability of the body to absorb oxygen in to the bloodstream. This means that you enjoy greater endurance as the body can utilise more oxygen when you are working out. This makes it popular across the world. Did you know that Olympic Swimmer, Rebecca Adlington, is a big Matcha fan?
Further to this, the Catechins also exert a thermogenic effect which means they help to boost the body’s fat-burning functions. This will combine with the thermogenic effect of your workout to boost fat burning. Regular matcha drinkers are shown to have a 20% reduction in body fat.
The vitamins and minerals in matcha help the muscles build along with the proteins that are present. Overall, there are exceptional benefits from drinking matcha before your workout. We recommend a 1g shot taken in a way to suit you. In terms of timings, half an hour before you start your workout is optimal.
Is Matcha Good Post-Workout?
You may be surprised to learn that matcha not only works before you exercise, but it can also provide benefits to help your muscles recover quicker. The Catechin, EGCG found in matcha green tea, helps to mop up the free radicals caused to your body by the positive stress from your workout. Studies have shown that muscles recover quicker and soreness is lessened following a strenuous workout.
Further to this, the metabolism boosting effects of the matcha will combine with the matcha to boost fat burning metabolism way beyond your workout! So much to love here.
Should I Drink Green Tea Before or After My Workout?
There are benefits to both but our recommendation is to drink matcha before your workout routine. The combination of caffeine, antioxidants, and L-theanine helps the mind become more alert, the body ready for exercise, and the muscles to recover afterward.
Your matcha-fuelled workout will help you make the most of your time and gain the full benefits of your workout. 1g just half an hour before your workout = maximum benefit!
Top Tip: If I am going long-distance training then I mix up 50% spring water with fresh-pressed apple juice plus half a teaspoon of rock salt and 2g of Matcha Tea. It’s nature’s very own electrolyte sports drink. It is also delicious!