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Cardio Doesn’t Have To Suck—How Cannabis Can Make It Fun

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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Bike-Sharing Programs Roll Into Cities Across The U.S.

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It’s a good time to be a cyclist in America. New York kicked off a new bike-sharing program this week, with Chicago and San Francisco both close behind. Those cities are expected to launch similar systems this summer.

 

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Listen to the story on “All Things Considered”  

Bike Sharing Programs have been rolling out across cities over the past year, now a brand new bike sharing station kicks off the Spring Season in Boston, with a new station outside the Boston Design Center…Making lunch time exercise no possible in the Innovation & Design District along Boston’s Industrial Seaport.

New York this week became the latest major city to launch a bike-share program..

The sharing programs are all check-in, check-out systems, with automated stations spread throughout a city, designed for point-to-point trips. “We try to encourage people to use it … almost like a taxi,” says Gabe Klein, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Klein helped start Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C. — the largest bike-share system in the U.S. until New York took over the title. He is also overseeing Chicago’s Divvy bike share program. He spoke with weekends on All Things Considered host Wade Goodwyn about the future of biking in American cities.

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Interview Highlights

On encouraging more people to ride

“When it doesn’t feel as safe, the people that are riding are what we call the strong and the fearless, and they make up about 7 percent. What we have found is that 60 percent of the population would like to ride. The problem is they don’t feel safe. And those are the people that we’re appealing to with the infrastructure that we’re putting in here in Chicago or that you’ve seen in Washington, D.C., protected bike facilities that separate people from cars, and with the bike-sharing program.”

On reducing traffic 

“You know 40 percent of trips in urban areas are 2 miles or less, but 90 percent of those trips are taken in a car. So, you can do the math, you know. If we can move 20, 30 percent of those people to walking or biking that frees up a lot of capacity for people to drive that need to.”

On the future of bike sharing

“The more density the better, but, having said that, you also have universities embracing bike sharing, you have less dense cities like Portland launching bike sharing and Houston, right there in Texas. So, it’s across the board, and I think as cycling becomes more mainstream, you’re going to see it roll out in very different environments.”

 

Original Source: NPR News All Things Considered

 

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Why You Should Be Doing Cardio

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“Stay away from cardio, its gonna eat away at your muscles!” I think we have all heard that before.”

people on treadmill runningIs it really as scary as they say. Can it eat away at your hard earned muscle. Or can it benefit you in your training as well as other areas of your life.

Lets take a closer look at cardio.

Cardio Training and Fat Loss

There is as much confusion about cardio as there is about whether or not aliens really exist. Some say don’t some say do! Oy vey I say. Cardio training for fat loss is something I include in my arsenal of awesomeness.

What really makes cardio super beneficial is its effects on fat loss combined with a solid training regimen and a sound nutrition plan. Combining all these lovely little diddys together is what’s going to zap the fat and zip you down the road to building a super duper rocking hot body!

What just a second, there is a slight problem. With the frequency of cardio the body will eventually hit a brick wall and your fat burning progress may just stall. Totally not cool. Keep it interesting, jazz things up a bit.

Super Powered Cardio, High Interval Intensity Training aka HIIT

A great way to shake things up a bit is to partake in a little fun we here at Barbell Academy call High Intensity Interval Training or commonly known around fitness addicts and gym rats alike HIIT.

HIIT is a great way to put a little pep in your step when it comes to the fat burning process. Some benefits to HIIT training are a higher VO2 max which is good because with a higher VO2 max you can burn more fat. Your endurance will increase greatly which will enable you to train harder and longer. Also means you can make love to your lady like you did when you were in high school. Know what I mean cuz.

A combination of steady state cardio training and some high intensity training will help to increase the usage of fat fatty cells for energy thus nearly doubling your efforts. Sweet right.

Along with the immediate benefits of fat loss and increased cardiovascular capacity, implementing cardiovascular training into your life is a great way to increase its overall quality. Playing with the dog or outdoor activities with loved ones all becomes a lot easier.

Don’t be a sissy. Do your cardio and eat your fruits and veggies.