Wait, I thought if I smoked pot, I wouldn't be motivated to workout. That's where you would be wrong my friend. Cannabis has so many untapped health benefits that could aid in your new year resolution fitness goals.
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Lets fire up a couple of these benefit to help you jump start a healthier you for the new year.
- Cannabis can help you maintain a smaller waist size. Although we know its known for giving us the munchies and grabbing unhealthy fatty foods, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine confirmed users of cannabis have a smaller waist circumference of 1 1/2 inches under non cannabis users. It will also give you a higher HDL (good cholesterol) that lowers your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- Cannabis heightens the sensory perception so eating a healthy food option won't be so boring. That apple or carrot will never taste the same again. While your high, you will be able to enjoy the natural aromas, and taste given off by that granny smith apple. This will dramatically cut your cravings for sweets and fatty foods, when the same satisfaction can be received from a ripe strawberry.
- Why would I want to work out if I was high? Why wouldn't you. It allows you to get in the zone faster and also gives you laser focus on what you are doing. You will be running on the treadmill with the free spirit of Forest Gump running through your veins. Even the great Arnold Schwarzenegger can be seen toking up during a weight lifting session. If it works for the terminator, why not give it a try.
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- Now that you have worked out and sore, all natural cannabis topical rubs, balms, creams and lotions can help ease the pain. Science has proven THC and CBD can be better absorbed through the skin and it won't get you high. So relax and give your sore muscles a good rub down with this natural healing plant.
If you implement just a few of these suggestions, you could be well on your way to a better and healthier you for the new year. Cannabis is more than just sitting back in your moms basement and getting high, it is actually a motivator for a more enlightened state of mind. Toke responsibly.
That's all for now folks. Stay toasty my friends...
Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.