It seems to have become all the rage these days, cannabis workouts. But why? What can cannabis do to help your workouts? I’ll start with my own story, because at 55 years of age and practically zero exercise a few months ago – let’s just say workouts could be an adventure, an adventure in unpleasantness that is.
Trying to get a 55 year old body back into a regular workout routine was a somewhat daunting proposition, but what the heck, that’s never stopped me before. So, I turned to my buddy for help. In this case my buddy is 80 lbs of Doberman-Vizsla mix named Arrow. Arrow, it seems, could run through the countryside for days without getting tired. Here’s a quick shot of Arrow:
So, after reading several articles about cannabis and working out, I decided to give it a try. The one point these articles stress is that cannabis can be beneficial for one primary reason – it makes repetitious activities more enjoyable. In other words, it puts you in the zone to go further when you are doing something like running. But, there are some caveats to this process, it’s important to be responsible. Studies have shown that cannabis in many people can cause some perceptual differences. Misjudging distance or timing, for example. In types of exercise where concentration is required due to safety reasons, it’s just not a good idea. For example, if you like mountain climbing and hanging off sheer cliff faces, cannabis is probably not for you. Running in or around busy traffic where you need to stay aware of your surroundings? Cannabis isn’t going to be a good choice for a workout aid.
The other important thing to consider is strain and content of cannabinoids. If you are going to be doing something very active, it’s best to avoid Indicas and hybrids rich in beta-myrcene. Indicas with beta-myrcene can be very sedative. Best to stay away from strains like hash plant that are heavy Indicas. However, Sativas rich in terpenes like Pinene can be uplifting and energetic. These are the way to go. I choose to try morning walk-runs in our neighborhood with Arrow to see how it might work. I was pleasantly surprised.
While walking and jogging are good exercise, they are boring, really boring. And that’s where cannabis comes in. I started walking my dog after a little of my favorite Sativa, Durban. Suddenly a short half mile walk was no longer a boring mundane experience, it was kind of fun. I didn’t focus on the monotony of my footsteps, instead, I focused on how much fun Arrow was having, and she was having a blast. From the evil bunny rabbits to the Ninja squirrels, she was out to track them all down. As she got excited, we started to go faster… and hey, no problem. I was keeping a much faster pace and actually enjoying myself along the way instead of dreading every step.
It didn’t take long for this to catch on with Arrow, either. Suddenly I discovered I was getting awakened earlier and earlier in the morning for our walks. Since they were something I now enjoyed, I was game for it. Now, every morning I was getting up at 5:30-6:00, before the sun, and heading out for our walks, and the more we walked, the more I enjoyed it. Pretty soon, as she would pick up a scent and get excited, she would want to run, so I thought, why not? I’m getting in better shape… So we started to run, and to my shock- it was kind of fun too. Now, we do it every day. I have been doing my “cannabis workouts” now for about 6 months, and the results? My waist size has gone from a 40 to a 34. At 6’2″, I am now no longer considered “overweight”. My blood pressure has lowered sufficiently that I have stopped taking blood pressure medication and now have a healthy blood pressure. My blood sugar has also straightened out as well and no longer swings during the day. I am MUCH healthier than I have been in years, and truth be told, I owe it all to cannabis allowing me to enjoy the time working out so much – I kept at it. And that, my friends, is ALWAYS the secret.
Is cannabis right for you and your workout? Maybe, maybe not, everyone is different. But, if you live where it’s legal like I do, it might be worth a try. For me, the results have been remarkable. Your mileage will likely vary.