We totally get it, you’re a busy guy or gal and the only chance you have to break a sweat is during the weekend.
Workouts are all about consistency. This includes days of exercise with rest in between. Unfortunately, living that weekend warrior lifestyle puts you at a higher risk of injury. When you cram a week’s worth of physical activity into Saturday and Sunday, it puts stress on your body and might cause permanent damage.
Medical experts define a weekend warrior as someone who puts in strenuous physical activity like running, hitting the gym, or even doing intense yard work one to two times per week. Injuries often associated with this group of individuals include muscle strains, ligament sprains, shin splints, lower back injury, and tendonitis.
However, sometimes this weekend warrior grind is literally the only chance you can get to the gym or go on that run, so what if there was something that can help you avoid injury and recover faster?
Luckily, there is!
As of this last year, president Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill which federally legalized industrial hemp. This means that cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is also legal!
CBD is a hemp derivative that is known for managing inflammation, chronic pain, mood disorders, sleep issues, and more! Also, CBD is completely non-psychoactive, so even though it comes from a cannabis species, it will not induce a mind-altering effect or show up on a drug test.
When Saturday and Sunday are the only days you can train, incorporating CBD into your routine will be worth your while as you can recover faster and ease any chronic pain or inflammation associated with your sweat session.
How does CBD Work in the Body?
Humans and animals are naturally wired with an endocannabinoid system. This wonderful structure that we have in place is used to fine-tune our physiological functions and promote a state of homeostasis.
The endocannabinoid system is composed of CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located all around our brain and body. When CBD is ingested, inhaled, or topically applied, it indirectly interacts with these receptors to produce outstanding medicinal effects. Research and clinical trials have shown that CBD can treat a variety of ailments.
Though CBD is a great natural treatment, there are important steps to take before, during, and after your workout.
Read on to find a personalized weekend warrior routine that incorporates CBD so that you can get the most out of your exercise while preventing injury and boosting your recovery!
Before You Exercise
1. Wear the Right Gear
Plenty of injuries are obtained from inadequate footwear. For example, if you are going on a run, make sure that you invest in tennis shoes that provide proper arch and ankle support!
2. Start Slow
Weekend warriors usually obtain their injuries from jumping into physical activity to quickly, so allow your body some time to warm up before! Experts recommend giving your body between 10 and 15 minutes of warm up with an activity such as jogging or even a brisk walk.
3. Light Stretching (Depending on the Exercise)
If you are doing an activity such as strength training, save your stretching for the end of your workout as it can actually make you weaker beforehand. However, if you are doing an activity that requires flexibility and a wide range of motion, allow yourself a few minutes of light stretching before your activity or workout.
During Your Workout
1. Drink Gridiron’s CBD Alkaline Nutrition Probiotic Blackwater or Concentrate
Not only are you getting 25 mg of CBD in every bottle to power you through your workout, but you are also getting a daily dose of MVPs- minerals, vitamins, and probiotics.
Don’t let the color of the water throw you off, the unique black water is obtained from organic humic and fulvic minerals that naturally change the color of the H20 without affecting the taste! This unique formula is packed with essential nutrients to help your muscles operate at full capacity while you break a sweat! Grab a case of the bottled water or enjoy the concentrate drops to add into any workout drink!
2. Use the Correct Form and Equipment
You’ve heard people say, “lift with your legs, not your back!”
This is because without using the proper technique and form can help you avoid injury, especially when you are using new equipment or machinery. To ensure that you are making the correct movements, consult with a trainer or coach to prevent damage to your body.
3. Don’t Overdo it
Weekend warriors are notorious for pushing themselves as hard as they can to cram a weeks’ worth of fitness into a couple of days. However, this can lead to serious injury! Listen to your body, if you need to take a break or slow down, do so!
After You Exercise
1. Cool Down
Allow your body a few minutes to come down from strenuous activity to prevent blood from pooling in your lower body which can lead to feeling faint and dizzy.
Research shows that 10-15 minutes of static stretching can improve your muscle recovery time, prevent injury, increase range of motion.
3. Use Gridiron’s Fast Acting Salve
Skip the Tiger Balm to avoid stinking up every room you walk into. Instead, use Gridiron’s CBD Salve. With 50 mg of CBD per jar, this salve is perfect for muscle soreness and inflammation associated with workouts. Also, this incredible formula is loaded with natural ingredients like almond and lavender oil so it can be applied evenly to the skin without a lingering stench to help your muscles recover more quickly.