My relationship with the gym is nonexistent!
I hate being “locked” in a crowded room (big or small makes no difference to me) wheezing and grunting and sweating on rowing machines or chest presses or other medieval torture instruments /devices!
(The only exercise I enjoy is yoga outdoors like a beach, a prairie, forest or something like that)
So, when a workout-maniac friend of mine asked me if he could “bring” CBD oil to the gym, I was caught by surprise. I evaded a direct answer mumbling something I couldn’t understand either and changed the subject. I was too proud to admit that I had no clue what training needs or issues people who exercise regularly have.
In situations like this, expert friends come to my rescue. A few messages and here’s what I got:
Post-workout recovery, muscle growth, post-workout muscle soreness (DOMS-Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), pre-workout boosting properties, fat burning properties (six-pack!), metabolism boost.(thanks, Jon!)
Men are Eternal Warriors
My Spartan male ancestors trained hard to have THE perfect body and to be excellent combatants. Training was their absolute priority from an early age. Their exercise regimen was brutal and striving to transform them into competent protectors of the city-state.
Things haven’t changed since then.
Men have been fighters since the dawn of time and a well-shaped, muscular body is the aim of every “weekday or weekend warrior” entering the gym battleground 🙂
Even though body-to-body combat isn’t applied in the battlefields anymore, there is a “battle” as old as mankind still going on. Perhaps this battle is responsible for the hordes of men flocking together in the gyms worldwide (besides health-consciousness, of course!)
Isn’t it because women are taken by a beautiful male body, a gorgeously formed six-pack and a pair of massive forearms? Isn’t it because females long for a well-built male forearm to lean on and feel secure? Isn’t it because a typical male wants to be admired for his muscles by the opposite sex?
I bet you are smiling while, deep inside, you agree with me.
So, how about heading to the gym? I’ll sacrifice myself and I will accompany you.
CBD Oil and Sleep
You are right!
It’s a detour. Don’t blame my complex female brain saying I’m complicating the game and modifying its rules.
Before I enter the gym with you, I have to enter your bedroom.
For a simple reason:
“We exercise for a purpose: for cardiovascular health, to increase lean muscle mass, to improve endurance, and more. All of these ‘goals’ require sleep,”W. Christopher Winter, MD, President of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine
While you are sleeping, your body repairs and builds up your muscles. It recovers and produces growth hormone which is essential for athletic recovery.
Bad quality sleep undermines your fitness goals and threatens your body’s health and wellness.
Can regular exercise help you sleep? Certainly.
Will good quality sleep help your workout? Absolutely.
But what if you can’t sleep well even though you train regularly?
What if you are one of the 108 million Americans that (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) can’t get seven to eight hours sleep a day which is the average amount recommended to adults.?
What if you belong to the alarming 80% of Americans who report having trouble sleeping at least once a week? How can you improve your sleeping patterns to get the maximum outcome from your workout regimen?
This where CBD oil enters the sleep/workout equation.
CBD can help you fall asleep and sleep well. It has the ability to decrease the REM stage of sleep and to prolong NREM stage 4 sleep.
Studies have indicated that it modulates sleep and regulates sleep stability Even though research on cannabinoids is still in an embryonic stage, preliminary studies report that CBD can reduce the symptoms of REM behavior disorder (RBD) and insomnia.
To verify the scientific research, numerous anecdotal reports from CBD oil users indicate an unexpected positive side effect: sleep patterns improvement.
So, if you struggle under your blankets trying to get some good night’s sleep, give this alternative, natural substance a chance to prove its value by helping you sleep soundly.
CBD Oil and Stress
You don’t mind a second detour, right? I have to take a look at your brain.
I need you to understand that poor quality sleep may be caused by stress and anxiety.
It is important to bear in mind that stress is a psychological tension that has serious negative effects on your physiology. So, every time you feel stressed and anxious, you should put the blame on your brain.
Being stressed is often translated as being “unhappy”. Apart from its apparent effects on mood, when stress becomes chronic, it has a negative impact on your neuroendocrine and immune systems. It can cause hypertension and can even lead you to depression.
To get rid of both stress and anxiety you should focus on and aim at the source of the problem.
CBD oil is a powerful weapon against both stress and anxiety.
Studies have reported that Cannabidiol
- Has the ability to decrease the stress receptors in the basolateral amygdala ( the sensory information processing center) and in the hippocampus (your brain’s emotion control center)
- Cooperates with receptors in the hippocampus and spurs positive emotions and feelings
- Reduces cognitive impairment, and
- Triggers the release of serotonin (the hormone of happiness)
CBD oil can restore quality in your relationship with yourself and the people around you.
Here is how my friend John describes what CBD oil brought to his life:
“The ability to handle stress better in a relationship, when the other party is having a moment. I find that I do not fight back with words as I did before. I tend to be a little more mellow and hear the other person out before making a comment. This leads to a better partnership and less fighting over stupid stuff.
I find that I enjoy things that I did when I was younger more now, outside stuff, like taking a walk in the woods or just relaxing with nature. I tend to stop and smell the roses more than just letting the world go by without noticing what went by.”
CBD for Working Out
You slept well, right? No stress or anxiety?
It’s time we headed to the gym!
Pack your things and remember to put that CBD supplement, I brought you, in your gym bag. It’s your secret workout “weapon”. You will need it and I am going to tell you why.
CBD for Pre-Workout Energy
Scientific research suggests that CBD has an impact on your cardiovascular health.
- Has vasorelaxant properties
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces heart rate
- Increases blood flow to fundamental regions of your heart and brain.
Both studies hint that the cannabinoid may be valuable protection against cardiovascular diseases.
What does all this scientific stuff have to do with a “gym warrior”?
The impact CBD has on your cardiovascular system can help you work out for longer periods of time.
No more early huffing and puffing while lifting weights.
No premature – and, admit it, embarrassing- fatigue on the treadmill or the bench press.
Longer training sessions mean more calories burnt.
Research has suggested that CBD in low doses is a stimulant and an energy booster. It is no surprise that since the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted the ban on CBD, a lot of fitness specialists and professional athletes have embraced it to boost their stamina, energy levels, and muscle buildup.
If it works for them, it can, surely, work for you. So, next time you prepare your pre-workout shake, why don’t you add some CBD powder in it? I’m sure you’ll be amazed by its results.
At this point, I’d like to introduce you to a sworn enemy of your muscle tissue: catabolic hormones.
What if you are struggling day and night to build up muscle mass and to improve muscle tone? You are doomed to fail if the levels of catabolic hormones, like cortisol, in your body are too high.
Before you panic and start thinking about how to eliminate cortisol completely, I should tell you that your body produces the hormone because it needs it. At normal levels, cortisol hormone helps detoxify your body, intensifies short-term memory and improves your blood sugar levels.
The problems arise when the cortisol levels rise.
Extreme cortisol levels hinder protein synthesis and inhibit tissue growth. They can increase your blood pressure, lower the density of your bones, devour muscle tissue and -in the worst case- can lead you to a complete physical condition collapse.
Catabolic hormone levels aren’t stable; they alternate during the day: at their peak in the morning, they lower throughout the day to hit rock bottom during the night. This is perhaps the reason why muscle recovery is more efficient while you sleep.
Cortisol is stress-sensitive. Its levels tend to rise when:
- your body experiences the physical stress an intense training program puts it through, and
- your brain experiences the inevitable environmental stress you live throughout the day.
CBD is shown to have anti-catabolic properties.
Its ability to interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) indicates a direct way cannabidiol can affect cortisol levels.
A 1993 preliminary study conducted on healthy human volunteers suggests CBD interference with cortisol secretion. The study reports a significant decrease in cortisol levels in the blood of participants that were given CBD.
But CBD manages to regulate cortisol levels in a more subtle way. Remember our two detours, sleep, and stress?
- By interacting with the CB2 receptors in the limbic and paralimbic areas of your brain, CBD prolongs the slow-wave or delta sleep.
While you enjoy a sound night’s sleep, CBD gives your body the ability to increase protein synthesis and augment the building of muscle tissue process by keeping your cortisol levels are at their lowest point.
- Cortisol’s nickname is “ the stress hormone”. CBD’s anti-stress and anxiolytic properties relieve you from both physiologic and environmental stress blocking the excessive production and release of cortisol in your body and balancing its levels.
CBD for post-workout recovery
How many times have you complained of being “a dead man” after a hard training session? I am sure you have wondered more than once whether the gain is worth the pain.
Ok, it’s great to be athletic, muscular and fit, but how can you cope with sore muscles, stiffness, and joint aches?
DOMS (short for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is every “gym warrior’s’ worst nightmare (especially when he is a newbie).
No, your body isn’t punishing you for the mistreatment 🙂 . You are in pain because your muscle fibers are full of tiny, little tears caused by their continuous rubbing back and forth against each other during training.
No, the pain won’t last forever. It, usually, knocks on your door one to three days after exercise and it waves you goodbye after three to five days.
It feels bad but it’s a sign that your body is building stronger and more resistant muscles. This is your goal after all.
Why should you live with it? (I assure you the image of a DOMS suffering man doesn’t, at all, resemble that of a macho Spartan warrior !!)
This is where CBD, your new gym buddy, comes to the rescue.
CBD is a natural-born painkiller. It can deal with the swelling thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties and deal with the pain because it’s a potent analgesic substance.
CBD’s ability to interact with the cannabinoid receptors in your Endocannabinoid System permits it to reduce inflammation and diminish pain.
The scientific community affirms that CBD exceeds even the vitamins C and D in overpowering the production of cytokine, and chemokine while enhancing T-regulatory cell production to assist your body’s anti-inflammatory mechanism.
Why should you turn to synthetic painkillers with all their adverse side effects when you can heal your body holistically, naturally and with no addiction risks?
Lots of NFL, NBA, NHL, and MMA athletes and an increasing number of Olympians have switched from opioids to CBD oil products to cope with the issues their intense training sessions cause to their bodies. They know better, don’t you think?
CBD Oil for Stamina
When it comes to CBD there is good news and …
Even better news!
Increased stamina is the “promised land” to all fitness enthusiasts. It’s a sign that your goals of improving your physical conditions are achieved.
CBD can boost your stamina levels in two distinct ways:
The sign that reveals you that your stamina is increased and optimized is the legendary and glorious “runner’s high”.
Well, it has been, wrongly, associated with endorphins for decades.
Recent findings, however, have shown that the Endocannabinoid System is responsible for generating this abrupt onset of this euphoric and calm feeling.
CBD should be given credit for all this.
It suppresses the enzyme FAAH (or ‘fatty acid amide hydroxylase’) which is responsible for destroying anandamide, your body’s own antidepressant. With FAAH out of the way, more anandamide stays in our system and for longer periods of time causing to feel good, pain-free and euphoric.
A key factor that influences building muscle and boosting stamina is the maintenance of blood sugar at optimal levels.
CBD’s anti-inflammation properties are essential in this case.
Chronic inflammation causes insulin resistance that can result in type 2 diabetes.
By fighting inflammation, CBD helps your body regulate your blood sugar levels. This means less insulin present in your body and consequently less fat stored. Less fat means your body enters an anticatabolic mode of function producing more muscle.
Start Firing on all Cylinders with CBD
With CBD busy optimizing homeostasis (=balance) in your body, get ready!
While you are firing on all cylinders, your energy levels get enhanced, your stamina is boosted and your breathing rhythm is regulated.
CBD, your anti-inflammatory employee, will keep you cramp-free and regulate your dopamine levels to normal levels.
It will help you enter “the Goldilocks Zone” where your mind, body, and spirit cooperate harmonically and everything feels “just right.”
Its anti-catabolic properties confirm that it is one of the most essential supplements in fitness regimens aiming at muscle increase.
Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties can aid all fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes.
The market has made it easy for a consumer to use it since it comes in versatile types. It can be consumed orally when it is in the form of capsules, soft gels, tinctures, and dissolvable powder. It can relieve topical inflammation when it is in the form of creams and salves. It can even be vaped!
Be sure that you find a trustworthy brand that can provide you with a quality product. You can consult the brands’ reviews you can find on my website and stay tuned for future ones.
Get the “High” you Deserve
No, not the “high” you are thinking of. It’s THC that causes it, not CBD!
My trusted brands are Endoca, Joy Organics, VerifiedCBD, Elixinol, Avid Hemp and Nganic). Their products contain from 0.3% to 0% of THC. So, you won’t be arrested for driving under the influence while going back home after the gym. Nor do you have to worry about legality issues or anti-doping controls.
CBD will give you the “runner’s high” and will shoot your energy, stamina, and performance as high as you dream of!
What are you expecting? Grab your CBD product and jump on the treadmill! Your fitness future seems brighter now!
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