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Wise Up To Post Workout Woes

It’s that time of year again. With Christmas finally behind us, we’re all busy shredding the tree and recycling the wrapping paper.
Some of us are also making a New Year’s resolution to kick off a brand-new fitness regime.
And a few good intentions can go a long way. So far, so good.

After a few weeks of Christmas excess, you might think that getting up off the sofa is the biggest battle you’ll face on the way to fitness in 2020. But what if your new regime means the post-workout aches and pains kick in? And what if those aches and pains turn into an injury that puts your fitness goals further out of reach? If you haven’t exercised for a while, the chances are that you’ll really be feeling it the following day. So what’s the solution?
CBD Can Play A Key Role In Reducing Muscle Inflammation
Not over-the-counter pain relief or opioids, that’s for sure – with chronic overuse and the risk of unintentional overdose claiming a growing number of victims, particularly in the US. And that’s where cannabidiol (CBD) comes in. Despite CBD being in its infancy, there’s already some evidence – both anecdotal and scientific – to support the theory that it can tackle post-workout inflammation head on – reducing muscle spasms and speeding up recovery times into the bargain.

A 2018 review published in Frontiers in Neurology found that CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis.
“It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” wrote the review’s authors.

Athletes have also been quick to recognise the health benefits
of CBD. In a bid to maximise its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, some have recently begun using a whole host of CBD products to help them recover faster after training. There are multiple ways to take CBD. The fastest-acting option is to put
a few drops of concentrated oil directly onto the tongue, but for post-workout recovery, many opt to use body creams and oils.

When it comes to CBD, it’s important to recognise that the research is still in its early stages. But initial results suggest the many uses of CBD will continue to surprise the sceptics as it grows in popularity. Based on the evidence to date, CBD offers good potential benefits – with few risks attached. If it improves recovery as a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and sleep aid, then it has huge potential to boost athletic performance. And if it encourages athletes to reduce consumption of NSAIDS, opioids and prescription sleep aids along the way, all the better.

So if you’re ready to incorporate CBD into your new regime,
here are a few handy tips to help safeguard against injury in the first place:

• Always warm-up before launching into your exercise routine. When it comes to preventing muscle strain, a little stretching can go a very long way.

Don’t overdo it. When you start a new fitness regime, it can be tempting to give it everything you’ve got. But lifting heavier weights than you can manage and flogging the treadmill is only likely to backfire. Instead, work steadily towards your goals –
and take it slowly.

Stay hydrated. Our bodies need water to perform at their very best, so make sure you keep yourself topped up – before, during and after exercise.

• Finish your workout the right way. Warming down is just as important as warming up, so don’t forget to round things off with some gentle stretches.

• Keep your CBD handy. Whatever form you’re using it in, make sure you remember to incorporate CBD as a healthy, positive part of your exercise regime.

If you’ve set yourself some fitness goals for 2020, everyone in the Eco Equity team wishes you the best of luck!

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Bibliography Frontiers in Neurology (2018), Cannabidiol to Improve Mobility in People with Multiple Sclerosis, T. Rudroff and J. Sosnoff.
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