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Want to Give Your Workout an Instant Jolt? Try This Doctor-Approved Trick

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This column features tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

I’ve heard drinking caffeine before a workout can boost your performance. Is this advice worth following?

Yes, the caffeine really helps. It provides a jolt of energy that helps you get more juice out of your muscles. If you compare working out with caffeine versus without it, you can actually notice a difference. The downside is that you might feel like your heart is racing, especially if you have a sensitivity to caffeine, so this approach is not for everyone. But if you’re already used to drinking caffeine and don’t have any side effects, I recommend having a cup of coffee about a half-hour before you work out (remember, it’s a diuretic). Anything with caffeine works—it doesn’t need to be coffee. It could be a diet soda or iced tea, but a Red Bull might be a bit much. Stick to an intake of about 95 milligrams and you’ll be good.

Dr. Jordan D. Metzl is a nationally recognized medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery with practices in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the author of The Exercise Cure and The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies. An avid athlete, Metzl has completed thirty-one marathons and eleven Ironman triathlons.

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