Have you ever seen this funny quote, or something similar, on a shirt or a mug? Every time I see someone post it on Facebook I smile because I totally relate to both. And then I go pour myself a cup of coffee.
I love coffee and have since I was about 14 years old. I like it black. I love the taste. I love the smell. And I love how it is such a nice part of my morning routine to look forward to. Sometimes when Rock prepares the pot the night before, we both linger to smell the grounds.
To me, it isn’t just about the caffeine. In fact, I went decaf before and during my pregnancy. No headaches, and I definitely felt better enjoying my morning cup. It is the perfect start to the day.
There are many benefits to coffee that can roll over to your running. There are also a few awesome ways you can recycle your morning coffee for a total body benefit. Keep reading!
Caffeine is actually considered a mild performance enhancing drug. Evidence shows that caffeine boosts VO2 max in endurance athletes while decreasing perceived exertion. It also can help sustain exercise duration and even help speed you up.
Runners also reap the benefit of coffee’s diuretic effect and often use this to help “get things moving” on race day. Researches have not yet figured out what in the coffee has this effect but it is likely not caffeine, as decaf seems to work just as well.
Remember that this is a mild performance enhancer. Too much can be a bad thing. It can give you the jitters and keep you in the restroom during your race. Use with caution.
However, the other day I was getting a rare pedicure and I noticed my legs getting a scrub down with something I hadn’t seen before. It took me a moment to figure out what was going on. My legs were being scrubbed with used coffee grounds. This might sound odd, but I have to tell you, it felt amazing.
For some reason when I spend the spring in the Northeast, my legs and hands break out in an awful rash. It spreads, itches, and my skin peels. I’ve done a lot of research and it seems that many people in the East suffer from this and their doctors all pass it off as spring allergies.
What I noticed after my pedicure was that my rash calmed itself down. My legs felt smooth and the rash stopped spreading. After mentioning this to a friend she told me to try it as an exfoliant on my face.
I mixed some grounds with my Neutrogena skin cleanser and I don’t think I will ever turn back. In the morning, it brightens and softens my skin. It glows and feels amazing. I also started scrubbing my hands daily and my skin no longer burns or peels from the allergens. In fact my hands and legs are soft and smooth again.
I did a little research and found a few other ways you can experiment with coffee grounds:
Mix used coffee grounds with coconut oil and scrub your feet to remove calluses.
Mix grounds with plain yogurt and apply to the face for 5-15 minutes as a face mask. The caffeine stimulates collagen growth and will give your skin a glow.
Apply a small amount under your eyes and let sit for 5 minutes to remove dark baggy eyes.
Use as a face scrub with tea tree oil. I have oily skin. My salicylic acid wash with grounds might be a bit harsh for you. Try a dab with some tea tree oil on your face for a less intense scrub.
Have you ever tried using coffee grounds as a treatment? What do you think?