Exercise is one of the very best things you can do to maintain your mental health and just because it’s colder outside doesn’t mean you have to put exercise lower on your list of daily to-dos. Simply getting outside for a leisurely walk can turn things around, even when the weather isn’t ideal.
Physical movement is an important part of staying healthy so, whatever you do, don’t forget that psychological wellness is directly related to physical wellness. If you’re having a hard time keeping up with your workouts this winter, let CBD help you meet your wellness goals.
What is CBD?
CBD is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the cannabis plant and is used in products such as oils, topicals and edibles to help relieve, among other things, chronic pain, anxiety and sleeplessness. In 2018, a
piece of legislation called The Farm Bill used specific language regarding THC levels in order to distinguish between “industrial hemp” and marijuana. This allowed Americans to take advantage of the many benefits of CBD products which contain <0.3% THC (considered to be only a trace amount) as opposed to marijuana which contains 0.3% or more of THC and is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. CBD products can be created with or without THC and are completely safe.
Why Your Body Hurts After Exercise
Sore muscles after physical activity, known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), can occur when you begin a new exercise regimen (work off that Thanksgiving pie!), change your exercise routine, or increase the duration or intensity of your regular workout. Cold weather movement can make muscles seem particularly painful.
When muscles are required to work hard or in new ways, it’s believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibres, resulting in muscle soreness or stiffness. There are a number of things you can do to relieve this stiffness and inflammation and CBD is one of the safest and easiest remedies available today. Let’s examine how it can help your winter exercise woes.
CBD as an Anti-Inflammatory
Whether it’s joint pain from running or arthritis pain from cold weather exercise, even the healthiest of people experience some pain and inflammation from time to time. CBD is recognized by athletes as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant. People experiencing pain and inflammation have touted CBD as being an effective remedy. If it’s knee, shoulder, or joint pain you’re experiencing, you can go straight to the source with CBD topicals and rub CBD directly into the inflamed area.
If it’s internal inflammation you’re experiencing, ingesting CBD could work, so try rubbing CBD oils or topicals on your body. Many people experience headaches after movement in cold weather and have found relief after rubbing CBD into their temples. This natural remedy usually starts working in as little as 10 minutes! The cannabinoid works from the inside out, as well as the outside in.
CBD Topicals for After-Workout Relief
Salves and creams bypass the kidneys and can easily be worked into your daily routine. Many higher-end brands, like Purelix Wellness, for instance, offer topicals that include additional natural elements such as eucalyptus and menthol for an even more relaxing CBD experience. Topicals may take a bit longer to hit the system but generally provide very long-lasting effects and are particularly soothing when used on sore, tired muscles.
Our CBD Sports Cream is formulated to support healthy muscles and offer relief for tired, stiff bodies. Massage it in before, during or after a workout to experience relief throughout your day. With 400mg of Premium CBD, menthol and camphor, our 4oz pump container is a new essential for any wellness routine. As an added bonus, it’s also vegan and THC-free!.
CBD For Restful Night-time Recovery
People have been utilizing cannabis for years as a means to get a good night’s rest but using broad spectrum THC-free products (Purelix Wellness!) offers benefits without the mind-altering elements found in marijuana. CBD also provides additional benefits while you slumber, like taming inflammation and correcting digestive functions. Our CBD and Melatonin Softgels pair two natural elements to give you restful nights and, therefore, better workouts.
CBD as A Safe Alternative
Many runners treat exercise-related pain by regular ibuprofen dosing. Daily use of this over the counter remedy may lead to kidney damage. CBD, on the other hand, can be used daily without fear of damaging the kidneys and offers a safe, natural and proven alternative. A 2016 study showed CBD helped decrease pain from arthritis, a common complaint of runners and competitive racers.
Athletes are limited by the extent to which they can train and how much time their muscles need to recover,” says Dr. Murdoc Khaleghi, an emergency medicine physician by training who serves as senior medical adviser for a CBD company. “CBD, through its ability to decrease pain and inflammation, it helps accelerate recovery.”
Curcumin/CBD Blend for Joint Health and Pain
Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it a useful treatment for a number of health
conditions, especially reduced pain and increased ease of movement in people with osteoarthritis, arthritis and general joint pain. One study found that taking turmeric extract three times daily was comparable to taking a 1,200-milligram dose of ibuprofen daily.
Purelix Wellness CBD/Curcumin Blend Softgels should be used by active people just like a regular supplement. Some might take them before their morning workout with their other vitamins for daily relief while others might take them throughout the day as joint pain increases with movement.
CBD and Winter Exercise Checklist
- Always consult with your doctor if you’re on an existing regimen of medication or treatment. Although CBD is safe, it is wise to find out about any potential drug interactions, especially with antibiotics and antidepressants
- When choosing a CBD product make sure your brand adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Also make sure that each and every product sold by that brand has been independently tested for safety, purity and potency. There are a LOT of brands out there – you want to use one that practices transparency!
- Start with a low dose in the evening and work your way up to a “maintenance” dose that works for you.
- Don’t be afraid to try different forms of CBD in your daily regimen. While some find the quickest relief from tinctures or softgels, others prefer topicals and edibles such as gummies. There is something for everyone!
- If your pre-pandemic routine involved a gym setting, don’t let social distancing put an end to your workouts. Get outside, even if it’s chilly, and get that body moving!
What is your favorite winter workout?