Published on 23 December 2021 by Royal Organics.
It’s no secret by now that a few drops of CBD oil every day will provide you with a host of health and wellness benefits. Its calming properties help keep stress and anxiety at bay, improve skin health, reduce inflammation and improve concentration.
But there is one benefit of CBD that you may not have considered, and that is its impact on your exercise routine. Numerous studies have shown (see source) that CBD offers a number of physiological, biochemical and psychological effects that have the potential to benefit athletes.
How to use CBD before training
1. As a sleep aid
If you’re the type to pack your gym bag and lay out your workout clothes the night before, you’re in luck. CBD can easily be incorporated into your diet before bedtime so you wake up ready for your workout the next morning.
When we sleep our bodies go to work to restore our immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems, which are vital for maintaining our mood, memory and other important functions. All this helps to ensure that we are optimally prepared for a workout the next day.
CBD has been shown to reduce the amount of time spent in REM sleep and increase the amount of time spent in NREM stage 3, also known as deep sleep. During deep sleep, the brain, body temperature and heart rate decrease, as the brain is using less energy in this state, promoting a better night’s rest overall.
2. To combat anxiety and excitement
In addition to being physically prepared to exercise to the best of our ability, we must also be mentally and emotionally prepared. Anxiety and arousal is a key issue in sport psychology, specifically related to physical and technical performance. In a sporting environment, arousal is often related to anxiety, and this negative emotional state can increase muscle tension, affect coordination and, in some cases, cause sweating and nausea.
Using CBD before your workout can significantly help decrease the effects of anxiety and lower blood pressure, allowing you to bring your A-game from the get-go.
CBD for muscle recovery after a workout
1. To relieve muscle pain
Whether you are a novice or an experienced athlete, you will almost always find yourself subject to soreness and inflammation after training. But that doesn’t mean that muscle soreness after training should determine your entire routine.
Recent studies have shown that CBD oil can help relieve post-workout muscle soreness and exercise-induced muscle damage, which occurs naturally after physical activity due to microscopic damage to muscle fibres, as its anti-inflammatory properties are known to reduce muscle soreness, body aches and inflammation. Whether taken orally or topically, CBD offers a more natural form of relief than many other products.
2. Promoting mobility
Other scientific studies (see source) on CBD oil and its pharmacological effects reveal that this compound can also promote mobility in people with multiple sclerosis, whose symptoms often lead to reduced physical activity and functional mobility. According to a study in Frontiers In Neuorology, this is because CBD is “anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiemetic, antipsychotic and neuroprotective”.
It is important to choose a quality CBD oil.
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This means that all our products are made without chemical additives, colourings and preservatives.
There are many different ways to take CBD oil before and after your workout. You may prefer a few drops of CBD oil in your pre-workout coffee, in a fruit smoothie or even in your favourite dessert.
Discover our best-selling CBD oil products and start preparing for your workout today.