Both before and after a workout, CBD for fitness is proving to be the ultimate addition to your gym bag!
CBD works by stimulating your body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ES). This system helps balance several different processes, including digestion, appetite, metabolism, stress, and even sleep.
Because of this, CBD has become all the rage among athletes looking to manage pain, reduce stress, and enhance performance – both pre and post workout!
The list of professional athletes who use CBD is long… but it isn’t just for the rich and famous. Whether you hit the gym several days a week, start your day with yoga, or hit the trails for a run with your dog on the weekends, adding CBD to your workout routine can make a world of difference.
CBD for Fitness: Pre-Workout
There are many ways CBD can be useful before a workout, but these are the big 3:
1. Sleep – Getting enough sleep before a workout is crucial. Working out when you’re tired is a drag. You don’t have the energy, and the you can’t perform at your peak. Research shows that CBD can improve the quality of your sleep, allowing your body and brain to recharge.
2. Stress/Anxiety – Feeling anxious or stressed can deplete your energy. It can also disrupt your sleep (which we covered above). Thankfully, the research on CBD for stress specifically tells us that endocannabinoid signaling responds to and regulates the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis that governs the secretion of those stress hormones. This means it helps your body manage the release of them.
3. Boost Metabolism – A slow metabolism is often associated with low stamina. That’s not going to result is a productive workout. Again, science tells us CBD can help. Research shows that it increases the body’s ability to burn calories by boosting the activity of the mitochondria in cells, and it aids in the browning of fat cells – and brown fatty tissue burns energy.
CBD for Fitness: Post-Workout
We all know that exercise, particularly a workout that targets new muscles, or is harder than usual, comes with a little pain. No pain, no gain, right? Well, just because inflammation is common after a hard session, that doesn’t mean you have to grin and bear it. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it’s not surprising that CBD has become the go-to recovery for many. Many report that it helps reduce pain and and inflammation post-workout.
It can also be good to help your muscles recover. A rigorous workout can actually cause tiny tears in your muscle tissue. Then, the body gets to work repairing that damaged tissue, and your muscles become stronger. CBD helps here too. It can assist in the recovery, improving your body’s ability to get back to its peak, and getting you back to the grind faster, and without pain.
How to Use CBD
To get the benefits of CBD for fitness, you can use it several different ways.
For the pre-workout benefits, take it sublingually, under your tongue, so it connects with the muscus membranes in your mouth. From there, it gets right into the bloodstream and is delivered wherever your body needs it. You can also blend it into your morning smoothie!
For post workout, a tincture is great too. Again, it will get where it needs to go. For muscle aches and strains, you can also use a topical CBD product for targeted areas. Your skin has endocannabinoid receptors like he rest of your major organs, so this will help with those aching muscles.
Happy workout my friend, and happy recovery!