You would love to go to the gym right now. You really would. You dream of the day you get to step through those doors again, and your workout outfit still hangs on the most prominent coat hanger in your closet. It has become almost like a good luck charm or an aspirational outfit. But, whether it’s current events or personal life events, you haven’t had a chance to get back in the gym.
It’s time to get used to the idea of having a home gym setup. It might be a good idea anyway, to save money and provide you with a more well-rounded exercise routine. It’s time to get serious and start doing some indoor workouts!
Leg and Arm Stretches
But hold on just a minute there, Champ. If you haven’t been working out as much recently, then it’s more important than ever that you give yourself some warm-ups. You need something to get the blood back in your muscles and the movement back in your joints. So let’s start with a few stretches.
Arm stretches are pretty simple. First, take one arm and extend it far in front of you. Then, with the other hand, grab the elbow and pull that arm (still extended straight) towards your chest. Hold it there for a few seconds, but preferably more than five or ten. Then do the same to the other arm, and repeat as often as you deem necessary.
There are also a few leg stretches that you can perform. The simplest one is done while standing. While leaning against a wall, take one leg and extend it behind you. Then, with the hand on the same side of your body, take your ankle, hold your foot up to your backside, and hold it there for a few seconds. Then, repeat for the other leg. You can also do yoga stretches. Sit on the floor with your legs stretched out, then lean over to grab your foot with both hands and hold for a few seconds. Of course, you then repeat the stretch with the other foot.
For cardio, jogging in place is always a good place to start. Although, without the ambiance of everyone working out around you, it might be difficult to set a pace. This is why we recommend playing some high-tempo music to keep yourself in the spirit of the workout (one of the advantages of staying inside).
If you have a punching bag, now is the time to use it. Practice doing some light jabs, cuts, maybe get a little fancy with it, and try some kicks. Pushups and situps are classic options, too, made even better if you’ve got a yoga mat on hand.
If you haven’t gotten enough stretching in your exercise diet, then there’s a plethora of yoga poses you can perform at home. First, you can do the Sun Salutation, a basic stretch high up towards the ceiling, then come down to touch your toes. Next, you can do the Downward-Facing Dog, which is placing your hands and feet onto the floor and bending upwards to form as perfect a triangle as you can.
Hopefully, all of these suggestions have given you a good jumping-off point to begin your indoor exercising routine, but that isn’t quite enough for a holistic workout. This isn’t just about making your muscles move and getting your blood pumping; it’s about the fuel that makes the muscles go in the first place! Sure, we could talk about diets and all of that fun stuff, but there’s a third element to all of this: support.
How exactly can CBD and CBD-based products help to get the most out of your workout routine? Well, on a base level, taking CBD orally can help regulate systems in your body, such as oxygen diffusion and blood flow, which have obvious benefits when you’re doing anything physical. Aside from that, the mental benefits (relaxed mood, balanced thinking, etc.) CBD can also hugely impact physical performance. The body and mind are one.
But CBD topicals are another matter entirely. CBD balms have been shown to benefit muscle and joint aches. Lotions, topical creams, and these have a significant and noticeable soothing effect on problem areas of the body!
So the next time that you’re getting your sweat gear on, ready to run up and down some steps, make sure that you’ve got some CBD on hand to help you on your way.