Long hours in the gym are most often coupled with sessions of cardio. Your body and mind are already conditioned and strong. Workouts are fun and exciting. But every week you dread doing it. Sometimes you skip it all together. Well friends, cardio doesn’t have to suck. This is how cannabis can make it fun. Both THC and CBD together or combined can make for an amazing experience. Sounds counterintuitive I know. Let’s take a look.
Week after week the alarm rings. Getting up seems to be a chore. But why? Isn’t cardio supposed to be good for us? Quite frankly I can say that it’s 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 HIIT. It’s just plain boring. I’m sure I’m not the only who dreads this type of workout. Can’t I just get cardio from lifting weights faster?
Begrudgingly knowing I have to do it if I want to stay trim and firm in the sack. I lace up my shoes to go for a run. Not always consistent occasionally I would go. This was the form of cardio I knew at the time. Tony Robbins would narrate my daily jogs as I rushed out of bed headed to the streets.
Until, one day my mind changed. I looked at things from a different perspective.
How Biking Became My Number One Choice For Cardio
Out and about with my girlfriend at the time, I decided to stop at a bicycle shop. She had a mountain bike. I thought it would be cool to entertain the option of owning one too. After going to a few stores I had an idea of what would they cost. Not knowing exactly what I wanted. I started looking into a hybrid or fitness bike. They were affordable and a great starter bike. Cardio was just about to get a lot better.
Christmas time came and present talk was in the air. After exhausting her brain countless number of times 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. She didn’t know the plan was to ditch running for cycling as my new form of cardio and hit the streets.
Quick bits of 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.
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 into the store I stood there amazed at the amount of bikes available. But slightly saddened 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 a 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. My new bike in hand I went strong for a few weeks. Trying to ride at least twenty minutes a day. At this time I was a large gent. Weighing in at 275 lbs twenty minutes was a lot. Like most new year’s resolutions mine began to fade away. My consistency slowly dwindled. I was missing a day here and there and then everywhere. Until one day it just stopped.
Time went by and my bike sat there. Looking sad. I kept saying I was going to go for a ride, I needed to work on my cardio. I just didn’t. One morning I decided to try something new. Sitting down for my coffee. Looking out over my veranda admiring nature. It was such a beautiful view. A lush tropical landscape, nestled neatly within the palm trees of Florida.
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 that puffing a little of the magic dragon can make this one helluva time. They said they would smoke a little and go riding as it’s a great way to really enhance their cardio. I said “That doesn’t make any sense!” But I guess it did.
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. Ride with the wind. 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. Pun intended.
Cannabis taking effect I set forth north along the coast. Sea breeze blowing through my hair. I felt so free. Having smoked a sativa, Golden Goat to be exact, I felt a rush of uplifting energy. It was just me and the road. Me and my cardio adventure. Riding hard that day it 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, 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 my mind wasn’t full of chatter.
At the end of the day I can say that cardio experience was very fun when enhanced with cannabis sativa. 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 am responsible for the mental shift to enjoy something that was once mundane and boring. I did continue to use cannabis for these rides as it allowed me to really zone out on my breathing and get into a rhythmic pattern allowing for more efficient pedaling and even heart rate.
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 you’re 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.
Cardio Can Also Be Fun With CBD
While THC was the main compound I focused on at first I later learned about CBD. CBD like THC has an effect on the body except it doesn’t have the psychoactive effects. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis. CBD, derived directly from the hemp plant, is an essential component of medical marijuana. While CBD is a component of marijuana it does not cause a “high.”
CBD can help your muscles feel a whole lot better. Nirvana CBD products are the best for intra-workout and post-workout recovery. CBD has been shown to help with this by reducing inflammation. Nirvana CBD acts like a painkiller, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, and can also help relieve upset stomach. CBD manages and prevents joint inflammation and that aching feeling deep down in the muscles and joints.
One Last Puff
Whether you’re a purest that doesn’t like the devils lettuce or a regular ol’ toker cardio is an important part of training. While we at Barbell Academy don’t condone any illegal activity we do believe in the ability to experience life and experiment with our own bodies. Cannabis is a widely debated topic that has a lot of fans and critics. With limited medical research and the ability to do so at a higher level it is unknown of the long-term effects something like this can have on the body.
If you have or are thinking of trying cannabis before you partake in your cardio training I would love to hear about your own experiences in the comment box below. By sharing our knowledge we can all benefit and grow together.