Caffeine is a widely used stimulant found in drinks, like coffee, tea, and energy drinks, and is often used to stay awake and alert, as well used for exercise and getting work done. This research aimed to determine if caffeine had an impact on people's motivation, as well as the way that people exercise, by asking the question: “does caffeine consumption have an impact on motivation and exercise?” The study was conducted by distributing a Google Forms Survey through word of mouth, GroupMe, email, and text messages. The survey was anonymous for all users. A total of 150 participants completed the survey. The demographics of each participant were examined, including their location, level of education, gender, age, nutritional habits, motivational patterns, and how often they exercise and consume caffeine. The data was analyzed and interpreted using SPSS version 25.0. The results supported the initial hypothesis that caffeine does have a positive effect on motivation and exercise. The study results suggest that people who consumed caffeine for motivation also consumed pre-workout before exercise (p<.05). It also showed that people who consumed more cups of coffee in a day were more motivated to complete tasks (p<.01). The widespread use of caffeine among college students makes this study especially relevant when considering the high workload and high stress typical of this environment. The amount of caffeine consumed daily is also an important factor to examine when considering the exercise routines and motivation patterns among a population of mainly college students.
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Harrison, Kylie; Chiarelli, Amanda; Flynn, Jaclyn; Goldstein, Erica; and Helfer, Rachel, "Caffeine Consumption, Exercise, and MotivationKylie Harrison, Amanda Chiarelli, Jaclyn Flynn, Erica Goldstein, Rachel Helfer" (2022). Research Days Posters 2022. 90.