Great Cardio Workout with Cannabis
Posted on March 5th 2019
Getting A Great Cardio Workout From Your Cannabis Use
Many people who use cannabis regularly also go to the gym, and for many of those users, maximizing their cardio workout is high priority. Many gym enthusiasts have discovered that they can tailor their marijuana use to help them to get more out of their exercise regimen, while also minimizing their chance of injury – certainly something that’s worth exploring for anyone who is serious about boosting their fitness level.
Cannabis can be a very helpful tool to help you to maximize the potential of any cardio workout, but to get the most out of the experience, you need to know how to take advantage of it in order to get a better workout.
Here are some top tips to get you started.
Drink Plenty Of Water
While we all know that we should be drinking more water every day in general, if you’re going to be use cannabis before you work out, this is especially important. Dry mouth is a common side effect, and it can put a serious cramp in your workout, so make sure that you have a bottle of water with you throughout your exercise session.
While you might be used to getting thirsty while you’re mid-workout, dry mouth is much worse and can really put your off your stride whether you’re on a treadmill or in the middle of a class, so make sure that you drink plenty before you start exercising. One way to get rid of the cotton mouth feeling without slowing down is to breathe through your nose, take a quick sip of water, and swish it around in your mouth.
Choose The Best Strain
An indica strain is going to make you feel lethargic and lazy- not ideal for a heart-pumping workout. Sativas, on the other hand, are known to produce an energetic and motivating high. The best choice for you may well be a hybrid which gives you a boost while also helping to relax your muscles. You need to have the motivation to get to the gym, but you also want to be able to get through those initial muscle pains while warming up.
If you usually smoke cannabis, you might find that this makes your lungs feel too uncomfortable for working out. There are alternatives, however. Vaping is one solution which can help you get through your workout without any lung effects, or choosing edibles instead could be the solution. Yes, it’s more difficult to plan for using edibles before a workout, but they’re a wonderful portable alternative if you’re on the move, and they have no smell, are really discreet to use, and quick to eat.
Avoid Giving In To A High
If you’re hoping your cannabis will help you to improve your workout, you need to avoid giving to into the high. It’s very easy to sit down on the couch, get too relaxed and then end up wasting time rather than going to the gym. If you’ve found that you’ve been having a motivation problem and struggle to get out of the door, here are some tips for staying focused both before and during your exercise session.
- Put your workout gear on before you use cannabis. This will give you the prompt to actually leave the house and head to the gym. Nobody wants the embarrassment of having to take their workout clothes off without actually having been to the gym!
- Choose some motivation music and play it during your workout. You don’t want anything too distracting, but something that has a rhythmic beat gives you a pace to keep up with, especially if you’re using a treadmill or going running.
- Pay close attention to your body, but enjoy the workout. You may find that you’re especially in tune with your body after you’ve been using cannabis, so make sure you keep good form and focus on the sensations in your body.
Mindset Is The Key
Using cannabis before you hit the gym isn’t going to improve the way that you feel about exercise. If you’re already feeling like you’re going to hate that hour on the treadmill, you won’t feel any better about it after using marijuana. In fact, it’ll probably feel worse because you would rather be at home lying on the couch. That sort of workout is completely pointless.
Having the right positive attitude about your workout is the best way to ensure you stay motivated and pumped. Knowing that you’re going to have a great exercise session before you hit the gym is the secret to getting the most out of it, whether you’ve been using marijuana or not.
On the other hand, marijuana can turn a so-so workout into a much more positive experience. If you use the right motivating strain, you’ll find that once the endorphin rush kicks in you’ll feel better than ever about your gym session.
Eat Before You Go
One final tip is to make sure you eat something substantial before you hit the gym. Working out on an empty stomach after using cannabis is not recommended, and probably won’t make you feel too good, especially if you’ve never done that before.
If you’re having doubts about beginning an exercise program, talk to your doctor before you start working out. However, if you’re already a gym bunny, using cannabis before you go can really help to enjoy your session more, maximize the effect of your workout and have a much more positive experience all around. Give it a try.