Long hours in the gym are most often times coupled with a few sessions of cardio. Your body and mind are all ready conditioned and strong. Workouts are fun and exciting. But every week you dread doing cardio. Sometimes you skip it all together.
Week after week the alarm rings. Getting up seems to be a chore. But why? Isn’t cardio supposed to be good for us? Then why neglect it? Quite frankly I can say that cardio is one of the most boring tasks I have ever encountered. Whether I’m running, swimming, walking, biking, using the elliptical, doing sprints, or even some H.I.I.T.. It’s just plain boring.
Knowing I have to do it. I grudgingly lace up my shoes and head to the gym or sometimes run outside. Not always consistent but occasionally I would go.
Until, one day my mind changed and I thought about looking at cardio from a different perspective.
How Biking Became My Number One Choice For Cardio
Out and about with my girlfriend, I decided to stop at a bicycle shop. She had a mountain bike at the time and I thought it would be cool to entertain the option of owning one. Stopping at a few stores allowed me to get an idea of what they cost. In speaking with the manager of one of the shops he told me about a style of bike called a hybrid or fitness bike. It has all the aspects of a road bike. Light, nimble, and fast. But has the rigidity and riding position of a mountain bike. They were affordable and a great starter bike.
Needless to say I didn’t go home that day with a one but the seed had been planted. Over the next few months I himmed and hawed about buying a bicycle.
Christmas time came about and present talk was in the air. After exhausting her brain countless numbers of time my girlfriend finally blurted out “I don’t know what to get you! I’m thinking about buying a bike.” Shocked and amazed I resisted at first. But after some speculation I caved in and we went shopping.
Quick bits of internet research lead me to believe I was going to be going home with the Trek 7.2 FX Disc, which is an awesome bike for the price point of $599 msrp.
However that was not the case. My gut told me to head out west to one of the biggest bike shops in town. I was sure to find a deal there.
Walking in to the store I stood there amazed at the amount of bikes available. But slightly sadden but the limited selection that was available for a rider like myself. Being 6’5″ I need a XL frame. Not finding anything I liked the clerk said he was going to check in the back if anything was there. It just so happened that when he returned, he returned with box in hand. Placing it down on the floor he began to open it up. Exclaiming “Check it out”. Inside the box was my new bike. A nice shiny black frame accented with my favorite color, green. Lime green at that. Putting it together and presenting it to me. I knew that right before my eyes was the bike I was taking home
Behold the Giant Escape 2. Great adventures awaited!
Turning Cardio Into Adventures
The new year was around the corner and resolutions were to be had. I was determined to get consistent with cardio. New bike in hand I went strong for a few weeks. Trying to ride at least twenty minutes a day. But like most new years resolutions that began to fade.
Time went by and my bike sat there. Looking sad. I kept saying I was going to go for a ride and I didn’t. Until one morning I had decided to try something new. Sitting down for my morning coffee. Looking out over my veranda admiring nature I decided I was going to try medicating with cannabis before I went for a bike ride. I had heard stories from friends and other riders I met. They said they would smoke a little and go riding.
The following week with my coffee at bay, I grabbed the lighter took a puff, or two and set out on my way. “Let’s see what this cannabis is all about,” I thought. For the first time I had decided to really ride. The beginning of my trip started off with a fast paced push so I could warm up my legs and get ready for the long leg of the trip.
The cannabis began to take effect. Not too much. Not too little. Just right. Having smoked a sativa, Golden Goat to be exact, I felt a rush of uplifting energy. It was just me and the road. My ride that day lasted about an hour and a half. I spent most of it cruising through neighborhoods by the beach. Discovering new areas of my town. Really appreciating what the city had to offer.
Why I Feel Cannabis Improved My Cardio
My overall experience with marijuana and cardiovascular training was far greater than I ever could have imagined. Contrary to what most would think the cannabis actually enhanced the experience. The uplifting energy allowed me to push forward and want to ride. The child-like curiosity made me want to explore and learn about the area. I was focused and in tune with the moment, really enjoying what was happening. At that moment my mind wasn’t full of chatter. The relaxing effects marijuana has allowed my bronchial tubes to dilate and increase my breathing abilities.
At the end of the day I can say that cardio was fun. I don’t honestly feel that marijuana was the deciding factor as to whether or not I enjoyed the session. But I do feel smoking a little bit of cannabis had an effect. I and I alone are responsible for the mental shift to enjoy something that was once mundane and boring. Adding to the experience was well worth it. Cardio can become fun for anyone. First we have to learn to enjoy the experience. And if your someone that already does then it will be second nature. But cardio and cannabis are like no other.
The positive effects the cannabis had on my experience with cardiovascular training lead me to believe that marijuana can be a great addition to other physical activities like weightlifting or even sports. In the past there has been much controversy over the subject. With new and exciting laws being passed we can now really see the benefits of this plant and what it can have for society outside of recreation. For those of you that live in an area where medical or recreational marijuana is accepted, then smoking cannabis and doing cardio may be an awesome way for you to really make something that can be boring and repetitive. Fun and exciting. Please remember that marijuana is still illegal or not tolerated in some areas of the world. Be responsible and make smart decisions.
If you have or are thinking of trying cannabis before you partake in your cardio training I would love the hear about your own experiences in the comment box below. By sharing our knowledge we can all benefit and grow together.