Health and fitness experts, doctors, scientists and nutritionists all agree that regular exercise together with a balanced diet is good for you. Exercise will not only help you lose weight and stay in shape, it’s good for your mental health too. Exercise is a great way to burn off excess calories and provides relief for stress and depression. Research has shown that regular exercise is good for your heart because it helps increase blood circulation by making the heart beat faster.
There is also strong scientific evidence, which proves that regular exercise is beneficial in many other ways. Those that undertake regular physical activity can lower their risk of heart disease and stroke. They also have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. Exercise can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, hip-fracture and dementia. In fact, regular exercise can help prolong your life by up to 30%.
The benefits of exercise are well documented
There is absolutely no doubt about the benefits of regular exercise and it doesn’t have to be difficult or strenuous either. A work out at the gym is fine for those who might want to push the boundaries but for everyone else, a 30 minute walk or cycle ride each day is all that’s needed. If you can combine this with some other form of sporting activity then all the better. However, for exercise to be effective you must ensure that whatever form of exercise you prefer to do, it increases your heart rate.
You will know when your heart rate is increasing because you will begin breathing heavier and you will feel warmer. Vigorous exercise might make you sweat and your will heart beat at a much higher rate. This will provide the most benefit, especially in terms of burning calories and losing weight. Obesity is known as the silent killer so whatever you can do to stay in shape and keep the pounds off, the better you will look and feel.
Aches, pains and recovery times
While everyone agrees that exercise is good for you, the benefits can come at a cost. Those that work our regularly at the gym or on the sports field know only too well how their bodies react to such physical demands. Muscle aches and pains are to be expected along with joint pain and inflammation. Recovery times will vary from person to person but in every case, the body needs time to repair itself after any vigorous exercise routine.
For years, many athletes, which includes most sportspeople have relied on various treatments to help them recover from muscle and joint pain. These medicinal applications include lotions, creams, balms and gels, which are all designed to treat muscle pain. Some will contain analgesics or painkillers to ease the pain, while others might include a menthol ingredient or eucalyptus, which when rubbed into the skin will sooth the affected areas. Muscle rubs of all descriptions are freely available to buy over the counter.
What is CBD and how does it work?
Amongst the many recovery balms on the market is an increasing range of CBD products. These include CBD oils, creams, lotions, tinctures and capsules containing various strengths of CBD. CBD or Cannabidiol is derived from the hemp plant, itself a member of the cannabis family. Cannabidiol is a Phytocannabinoid, first discovered in 1940 and is used to treat a number of human and animal ailments. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which is designed to promote balance throughout the human body.
The endocannabinoid system is a biological structure, which is responsible for regulating the body’s immune response, metabolism and memory. It is also associated with appetite, communication between body cells, body temperature regulation, sleep patterns, inflammation and pain. It’s because CBD can have such a beneficial effect on so many different parts of the human body, it has become so commonly used, and not least by athletes and sportspeople alike.
Medicinal cannabis used to treat specific conditions
Although CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, a member of the cannabis family, it does not contain any significant amount of THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient associated with getting “high”. The CBD oil however, has proved very popular as a health supplement and is sold as oil, gummies, sprays, capsules, vape, edibles, e-liquid and isolate. It can also be found in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, creams, lotions and balms plus drinks and food supplements.
It seems CBD oil can be added to just about anything that can be either eaten, drank, smoked or applied to the body. It has in recent years been described as a super-serum or super-drug and is often hailed as a “cure all” or “miracle cure” remedy. Much of the scientific evidence backs up some of the claims but not all of them. However, doctors have acknowledged that Medicinal Cannabis Oil is effective in some circumstances in treating specific conditions such as Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis and nausea caused by Chemotherapy (Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/medical-cannabis/)
Professional athletes turning to CBD for pain relief
It is however, as a pain relief and inflammation treatment that CBD appears to be making some headway. People suffering from conditions such as Arthritis, Migraine and Fibromyalgia are said to have experienced beneficial relief from taking CBD oil. Many sportspeople and athletes too, report that CBD is helping in reducing the recovery time for muscle and joint inflammation after strenuous exercise routines and is an effective pain treatment.
While more and more professional athletes are using CBD as part of their health and fitness programme, it is clear that CBD and its properties do not constitute some form of performance-enhancing drug. Instead, it should be treated as a health and wellness supplement, much like it has already been acknowledged by some supporters as an effective food supplement. One major problem with taking CBD oil as an anti-inflammatory, is its effectiveness will to some degree depend on the quality of the oil.
Many sports celebrities give their backing to CBD
The quality of CBD based products is a big issue. It’s one reason why one person might report significant benefits after exercising when another person might report that it is totally ineffective. The purest form of CBD oil is always going to be the most expensive but like everything in life, you pretty much get what you pay for. Athletes that have reported experiencing the most benefits fall into the category that supports the purest form of CBD.
In a recent report, Josh Holman, an Ironman Triathlete and World Championship qualifier said, “After reading several research-led articles on the benefits of CBD for athletes, I have been using it for almost six months and have seen some great benefits from doing so.” Other sports celebrity enthusiasts include Mike Tyson, Olympic Gold Medallist, Megan Rapinoe, Martial Arts and UFC fighters, Anthony and Sergio Pettis and many more.
CBD as an aid to sleeping properly
It appears from all the reports relating to CBD and exercise, that very little benefit is experienced if the substance is taken or used before exercise or before a workout. Most reports indicate that CBD oil-based products such as rubs and creams have a much more beneficial effect when applied after any form of prolonged exercise. Aside from providing relief from post exercise pain, CBD is also reported to be an effective aid to sleeping properly.
Sleep is vitally important to athletes and anyone who works out regularly because the body undertakes virtually all its repair work while it is at rest. Psychologically, sleep is also vital for mental alertness, which is essential for the quality of any sports performance or exercise routine. Although there is still quite a void in the research concerning all the claims and benefits of CBD, the evidence pointing to CBD as an effective pain-reliever is overwhelming.
In summary, and based on testimonial evidence, exercise itself provides many benefits both physical and mental. CBD, in its many forms, is a useful supplement in relieving the aches and pains associated with all types of physical exercise and activity. It is especially effective when used as a spray or rub, applied directly to the area of pain. Broad-spectrum CBD is recommended over full-spectrum and other blended products and contains no THC.
CBD is a natural, organic plant extract and is generally considered safe to use, hence its popularity. There has however, been some reports relating to various side effects including drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. If you experience any adverse side effects from using CBD then stop using it. If you are unsure whether CBD is right for you, consult your doctor before using it. Meanwhile, many beneficial medical claims continue to be reported from the health and fitness indu