Can CBD take my workouts to the next level?
When it comes to maintaining stamina, energy, and performance during a workout - and recovering efficiently - it's important to use the right nutrition, hydration, and recovery. Regular gym attendees and athletes are increasingly turning to cannabidiol to take their workouts to the next level. An increasingly popular supplement, CBD (or cannabidiol - a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp) has been studied for an amazing list of potential benefits. Studies suggest it may act on systems that reduce inflammation and modulate cortisol production, making it an interesting supplement for improving post-exercise recovery duration.
CBD can be taken at any time of the day, depending on your needs and the desired result. For those who exercise regularly, studies suggest that CBD can be an essential part of any workout routine, regardless of the heaviness or duration of the workout.
Better sleep, better workout
While a good night's sleep is important for many daily functions like alertness, concentration, hormone balance and digestive health, it is also the gateway to an effective training. By taking CBD the night before you hit the gym, you can add a powerful tool to your daily routine to improve recovery time, muscle aches and joint pain, and studies show that a good night's sleep can improve physical fitness.
Metabolism and Cortisol
A healthy person's cortisol level (the primary stress hormone) rises and falls in a 24-hour cycle. Cortisol increases as the sun rises, peaks around 8 a.m. and drops to its lowest level a few hours after midnight. However, this coming and going is negatively affected by an increase in stress - both acute and chronic. CBD may be able to lower cortisol levels by interacting with the body's endocannabinoid system, helping the natural rhythm of your metabolism. In general, adding CBD to your pre-workout routine can positively impact your energy levels and metabolism.
While it is often an afterthought, preventing inflammation, muscle aches and joint pain is crucial before it starts. If you're prone to injuries from strenuous daily exercise like muscle or tendon damage, preventing inflammation is the key to pain free training.
Edie Horstman is a certified Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger and freelance writer. She collaborates with health-oriented brands and creates content in the digital world.