Fitness and CBD: A Simplified How To Guide
When you set a new fitness goal, it can be all-too-easy to feel disappointed when you don’t see visible results in a matter of days. And when you wake up each morning aching from head to toe, the temptation to throw in the towel is bound to cross your mind. Have you explored how fitness and CBD go hand in hand to help you achieve what you’ve been looking for?
We all know that the beginning is the hardest part. Once you get past the first couple of weeks, it becomes much easier to stick with it and a nice routine has set in. Fortunately, there are some simple tips and tricks (yes, CBD will help) that you can use to overcome this initial hurdle and achieve your fitness aspirations.
In this article—the second of our four-part New Year New You series—we will provide you with seven steps to dramatically boost your chances of long-term success. From creating a vision that excites you, to taking care of your sore muscles with a CBD salve massage, these steps aren’t nearly as challenging as the actual workout. Yet, these straightforward actions enhance your chances of success.
By following the advice set forth in this series, we hope that you find this new year to be everything you’ve imagined it could be.
Step 1: Create a Compelling Vision
The act of envisioning a compelling future is a scientifically valid method to help you realize your aspirations. To find success with your goals, don’t merely set a goal like, “I want to work out five times each week.” Instead, think about why you want to exercise and paint a mental picture of it.
Have you always wanted to complete a marathon or compete in a triathlon? Is your wedding coming up and you want to wow your friends and family when you walk down the aisle? Or maybe you have a lifelong dream of having a six-pack.
Whatever vision of the future inspires you, focus on working towards that image. Every morning, meditate for a few minutes, envisioning how your future will look and feel. Next, see yourself working out intensely, getting closer to your goal.
This small exercise takes a vague goal and turns it into something that you can see and feel. Use that excitement to help you accomplish the little steps that it takes to get there.
Step 2: Fuel Your Body with High-Quality Foods
We all know the phrase, “you are what you eat.” And if you’ve ever eaten poorly after a period of eating well, you know just how true this saying is. If you eat unhealthy foods, you’re much more likely to look and feel unhealthy.
And if there is one thing that can sabotage your workout progress, it’s filling your body with processed, sugary foods. Not only can sugar-laden and synthetic-chemical-packed foods stall weight-loss, but they can also interfere with your ability to workout.
According to research done by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a high-glycemic diet (one full of things like added sugars and white flour) can impair mood, increase feelings of depression, and negatively impact energy levels.
One of the toughest parts of working out each day is finding the energy and inner-motivation to do it. When you’re tired or in a bad mood, you’re much less likely to complete your daily wellness goals. Fitness and CBD isn’t just about the physical exertion, but also the daily habits to help find the energy to work out.
Planning ahead on what you make available to your diet can greatly help to keep you on track. Aligning your mornings with healthy foods is as simple as shopping ahead so you have good options on hand. Having options as part of the routine makes good choices automatic and easy. Incorporating CBD into your morning routine ensures that you getting the benefits on a daily basis.
If weight gain, fatigue, and a dampened spirit aren’t enough, a diet low in protein and plant-based antioxidants may result in a longer recovery time. You need protein, vitamins, and minerals to help muscles heal and recover from exercise-induced inflammation.
For more on how to eat to support your wellness goals, check out the first part of our New Year, New You series, 7 Sustainable Eating Habits to Lose Weight and Feel Great.
Step 3: Create a Routine by Forming a Daily Habit
Everyone has goals, but not everyone will achieve them. The difference doesn’t usually come down to how much someone wants to succeed, but rather, how they go about trying to do so.
The key to successfully reaching your goals is to incorporate them into your daily routine. Routines are mental shortcuts that make forming new habits that much easier.
When people talk about leading a healthy lifestyle, what it really comes down to is a series of good habits. It might be always having an apple when you need a snack, drinking a glass of water before every meal to curb your appetite, taking CBD with your breakfast, or running first thing in the morning.
What’s happening here is that you’re using cues to trigger a desired response. A rumbling belly tells you to grab an apple, sitting down for a meal alerts you that it’s time to drink a full glass of water, or your alarm going off means it’s time to strap on your running shoes.
To do this, first determine what your fitness goals are. Next, pair them up with something that you’re already doing each day. Maybe you use your lunch break as a time to go to the gym, or driving home from work as an excuse to stop by yoga. Make a rule and follow it. Every day, the routine will become more ingrained until it feels strange not to do it.
Routines take time to establish so don’t be frustrated when there are disruptions. Sometimes trying to force a routine just doesn’t work. As part of the process, take time to reflect on how it’s working and if it’s sustainable. Whether it’s your workout schedule, diet, or the best time to take your CBD, you may have to make adjustments for it to be automatic.
Step 4: Bring Someone Along
Having someone to workout with makes exercise more enjoyable. Simultaneously, working to achieve a goal with another person makes it much harder not to do so as you encourage one another. Talk to your friends and family to see if anyone wants to join you on the path to wellness.
Another option? If you have an active pup, take them along with you! Dogs love hiking and running. Their excitement can be extra-contagious as you see your furry family member living life to the fullest.
Tip: For doggy Moms and Dads who want to bring Fido along, add some of Altura’s Pet CBD Oil to support their inner balance. Combining pet CBD and exercise might just help them keep up as you achieve your fitness goals!
Step 5: Don’t Push Your Body Too Hard at First
Most of us can remember a time when we jumped in with a bit too much vigor after a fitness dry spell. When one day of soreness extends to days two, three, or four, you’ve likely pushed too hard too fast.
Ease your way into your new fitness routine. The slow-and-steady approach of fitness and CBD will help you recover faster, hit the gym more often, and make achieving your goal much more fun. You want your workouts to be something that you look forward to, not something you regret the moment you wake up.
To relieve tension post-workout, have someone you love give you a soothing massage with CBD massage lotion. By combining relaxation, massage, CBD, and exercise recovery, you may find your sore muscles feeling better sooner.
Step 6: Pamper Your Body with CBD as It Adapts to Change
After you’ve pushed your body in the pursuit of personal fitness goals, you deserve some rest and relaxation. Slip into a steaming bath with your favorite Epsom salt bath bomb to calm your mind and soothe sore muscles. When you get out, pamper your skin with Altura’s CBD Daily Lotion to support health and beauty, inside and out.
Once you’re out of the bath, spend time stretching and meditating in a calm space. Light a candle, cue the meditation tunes, and release any tension still left in your muscles. Be mindful of your breath as you bring your awareness to the tranquility of the moment. This ritual is one of our favorite ways to wind down after a successful day.
Step 7: Measure Progress by How You Feel
Physical fitness benefits not only the body but the mind, too. And while it can take weeks to observe noticeable effects on your physique, you might notice the benefits to your cognitive health and well-being sooner.
Studies on the cognitive benefits of exercise support what you’ve likely experienced first-hand. Getting active can help you feel happier, more energetic, and less stressed. It can even enhance your cognitive abilities, improving things like memory and reaction time.
Keep a daily journal recording your progress, both physical and mental. The positive effects of exercise on your day-to-day happiness and quality of life might be just what you need to encourage you to stick with your new wellness habits.
Final Thoughts on Fitness and CBD
Achieving your fitness goals takes planning. By going through the steps outlined above, you can create lasting changes that support not only your waistline but your mental health too. And don’t forget to reward yourself for the small victories along the way. When it all comes together, your wellness journey can be more than a list of to-dos; it can be a truly rewarding and exciting way of life.