The Benefit of Using CBD with Exercise by Age Group
CBD has demonstrated anti-inflammatory, analgesic and other effects that have the potential to benefit athletes.* Recently a study was undertaken looking at the effect oral CBD had on physiological and psychological responses to exercise.* The goal was to determine if CBD was good for athletes or even the recreational exerciser.
CBD appears to increase oxygen levels and rating of pleasure during exercise according to the study without impairing performance.* We hope the study is expanded to look at a larger group of people and provide more recommendations. Increased pleasure while exercising would be great!
That got us thinking of the best workout by age group. In order to maintain the healthy and fit bodies people have worked so hard for, changing things up during the aging process is a must. With a little research here is what we discovered. **
It is important to push your body during youth in order to reap the benefits as you age. What you do now will set the tone for the rest of your life. A combination of resistance training for a strong and healthy body along with a reasonable cardio component is ideal.
At this age any exercise as frequently as possible is appropriate. Whether that includes sports, running, weightlifting, dancing, etc. push yourself to the full extent. The goal is to be as fit as you possibly can. That doesn’t mean being a professional athlete. It simply means perform at your highest level given your situation.
This is the decade where High Intensity Interval Training really begins to make sense. You can continue to do the things you love but with a twist. Instead of simply running perhaps you incorporate 60 second sprints followed by 60 seconds of slow jogging and alternate over a 30 minute period. Instead of lifting weights and resting between sweats you can add in jumping lunges and split squats. By incorporating high intensity with resistance training, you can burn more calories in shorter amount of time.
At this point your life may have become so busy your 20’s workouts are a distant memory. Not only are you losing muscle and gaining fat, you may begin to lose bone density. Although the body loses bone mass it can also build it. It’s at this age that many will be losing it faster than they can replace it. This is the decade that will prove to you that your twenties were very impactful.
Now is the time to really focus on resistance training, building muscle and bone mass.
As women approach menopause bone density becomes even more important as declining estrogen levels have a negative impact.
Continue with weight bearing exercises such as tennis, pickleball, biking and jump rope. Bone density is maintained by resistance training and weightlifting. Weight bearing exercises provides both cardio and resistance.
Using a trainer to plan a workout routine that is customized to your particular goals and needs is ideal. Even if you can only see a trainer once a month their guidance will be totally worth the investment.
To maintain or improve flexibility Pilates and yoga are excellent options. Between workouts walking will ease muscle stiffness and soreness. Keeping up your activity level will improve energy, mood and overall health.
Continue with what you did in your 50’s. Posture may come into play now. Keeping your bones and muscles strong and performing exercises correctly will help you maintain and improve your posture. Pay close attention to knees, hips and other joints. You may need to adjust your activity to low impact exercises such as walking, elliptical and body weight resistance training. Swimming and water aerobics may be good options for low impact exercise.
Stretching, yoga, Pilates will help with posture, strength and flexibility.
CBD and Exercise
Using CBD to enhance your workout and relieve pain is a positive at any age. Next time you are planning to exercise take a CBD mint and see if you can replicate the findings.
* Reference for CBD & Exercise study:
*Sahinovic A, et al. Effects of Cannabidiol on Exercise Physiology and Bioenergetics: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
References for best age specific exercises **: