How working out with weed can help ward off that unwanted holiday weight gain

Cannabis could be the missing ingredient to a fulfilling holiday season with the perfect balance of activity and indulgence.

Jordan Smith - The Fresh Toast 3 minute read December 23, 2021

Many people are simply not motivated to move. / iStock / Getty Images Plus

For those who don’t consider themselves gym junkies, working out can be a chore to be avoided at all costs. However, as the holidays inch closer, gaining unwanted holiday weight is inevitable without a plan for staying active.

Unbeknownst to many, cannabis could be the missing ingredient to a fulfilling holiday season with the perfect balance of activity and indulgence. Here’s how.

Weed can promote longer workouts

One reason many people shy away from working out is because they’re dealing with nagging injuries and ailments. When these people decide to take the leap and head to the gym for a workout, it’s not uncommon for them to have to end their workouts earlier than originally intended.

One key way that cannabis can help rid a person of extra holiday pounds is by making it easier to overcome injuries given the plant’s anti-inflammatory properties. Bud can also help enhance muscle relaxation and alter perception of time.

Weed can help encourage working out

Another reason why working out is easier said than done is because, in many cases, people simply aren’t motivated to move. Although many don’t associate cannabis with motivation, some anecdotal research shows that cannabis is effective in helping to provide the necessary push to get to the gym.

In a 2019 study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, more than half of respondents surveyed claimed that working cannabis into their exercise regimen helped motivate them to work out. Additionally, 70 per cent of these same survey respondents also claimed weed makes their workouts more enjoyable.

Weed can help with recovery post workout

Beyond not being able to find the motivation to work out, another obstacle that keeps people from exercising is how they feel afterwards. Think about it. Why would people work out when it makes them feel horrible the next day?

Fortunately, many people experiencing soreness after working out can rely on CBD products to help them recover. According to research, the compound is so effective in helping with recovery because of its anti-inflammatory, antioxidative properties.

There’s no question that working out can be a daunting task, but staying active is key to keeping those holiday pounds at bay. Among the many resources that are available for helping people to overcome the (almost) inevitable weight gain that comes with the holiday season, cannabis probably isn’t an obvious choice.

As the holidays approach, keeping this in mind can help a person stay healthy while still enjoying all those holiday goodies.

The FreshToast.com, a U.S. lifestyle site that contributes lifestyle content and, with their partnership with 600,000 physicians via Skipta, medical marijuana information to The GrowthOp.

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