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>Making exercise less of a pain

>Kinesiology professor Robert Motl, a former competitive bicyclist, is studying the effect of caffeine on people doing vigorous physical exercise.

His results indicate that “caffeine reduces pain reliably, consistently during cycling, across different intensities, across different people, different characteristics.”

Does this reduction in pain result in improved performance? I, personally, don’t care. Reduction in pain, for me, would increase my enjoyment of exercise and my willingness to do it for 90-minute periods three times a week. I’m going to grab a shot of espresso before my Trailer Park Yoga class tonight and will report the results. Something tells me I’ll be wide awake!

(Yes, the Trailer Park Yoga classes with Susan are starting up again, and will be available for the next few months on a drop-in basis. The location is in Fremont. Please contact me for details if you’d like to attend, or check out one class as a guest.)

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