If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to take out a gym membership, the chances are that after a couple of weeks of your new exercise regime, your muscles are making their presence felt. But fear not: help is at hand in the form of CBD, the natural miracle ingredient everyone’s talking about as we enter a new decade.
CBD is the popular name for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its cousin, THC, it’s not psychoactive, and it’s not addictive - so you won’t get high or hooked on it. It achieves its raft of purported benefits by interacting with naturally occurring receptors in your body’s endocannabinoid system.
Alongside helping you deal with everything from stress to chronic pain, one of its many great uses is providing relief for aching muscles when you’ve been putting your all into a workout. That’s because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, making it helpful for encouraging your muscles to heal when they’ve been under the strain of a workout.
How to relieve sore muscles after workout
Wondering how to relieve muscle pain after a workout? There are a few things you can do to help reduce the impact of a workout on your body, with NHS recommendations including:
- Don’t try to do too much too soon - build up the amount of activity you do in the gym gradually, rather than trying to throw yourself in at the deep end with a new exercise regime. This gives your body time to adapt to the demands you’re placing on it
- Warm up and cool down properly - though the NHS says there’s no proof that stretches will prevent post-workout pain, it’s still sensible to get started with some stretches to give your muscles the chance to warm up. After you’ve finished, try some more gentle stretches to cool them down again.
- Stick with it - as your body gets used to the strains of your new workout regime, you’ll find the pain gets less with each session, and you’ll recover more quickly each time.
Some post-workout aches and pains are inevitable, no matter how much you do to mitigate them, so today we’d also like to share with you our favourite post-workout natural remedies to help make achieving your fitness goals a little more bearable, whether you’re getting into power yoga or throwing yourself into CrossFit...
1. Dr Kerklaan Therapeutics Natural CBD Relief Cream
Achy calves, stiff shoulders or twinges in your back? Wherever your muscles are giving you grief, it’s Dr Kerklaan Therapeutics’ Natural CBD Relief Cream to the rescue. It’s been specially formulated to give you powerful relief wherever you apply it, as soon as you apply it. Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils provide a delicious cooling effect while the CBD gets to work on your muscle pain, and this great-smelling cream’s soothing, non-greasy feel makes it our go-to whenever we’re suffering with tension, stiffness or swelling - day or night.
We spoke to Dr Kerklaan himself about the effort he goes to to ensure his range of premium CBD creams meet the highest standards. “We use 100% Oregon grown hemp processed in our own QA controlled Oregon lab, using extraction and refining methods including Chromatography,” he says. “We provide lab tests all along the production process. Our CBD products are 0% THC and produced in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill in the USA and EU regulations.”
On top of that, he also conducts third party ISO lab testing on the extracted oil, bulk-infused batch and finished products, so you can be completely confident that you’re getting a tip-top product.
2. Yuyo Botanics Turmeric CBD Salve
When your body’s tired and your joints or muscles are aching, rub in some soothing Yuyo Botanics’ Turmeric CBD Salve for fast relief. This amazing, aromatic orange salve gets its colour from its other super-ingredient, turmeric, which works to create a natural anti-inflammatory in harmony with the CBD and a host of other ingredients including cayenne, menthol, aloe and other essential oils. You’ll feel it getting to work with a slight tingling sensation on your skin.
3. Kloris CBD Bath Bomb - Recharge
Soak those aching muscles in a hot bath accompanied by a wonderful Kloris CBD bath bomb. A bath with one of these premium bath bombs is a transformative experience thanks to 100mg of CBD, which gently seeps into your skin and eventually reaches your bloodstream to start working its magic. At the same time, it softens and gently exfoliates your skin, boosts immunity AND nourishes your skin with antioxidants and vitamins. Is there anything it can’t do?
These gorgeous bath bombs come in two delightful varieties: ‘Relax’, made with lavender, is great when you need to unwind and de-stress after a busy day, but for post-workout relief we love the ‘Recharge’ one. It’s made with rose and geranium to re-energise you after a tough workout, so if you’ve left the gym feeling like you need to recharge your batteries, run a bath and drop one of these in and you’ll soon be bouncing back.
Though these are our top picks for post-workout recovery, there are loads more fantastic CBD products out there to help you combat pain and get on with your day in comfort. Browse our Pain collection and you’ll find everything you need to banish aches, pains, tension, stiffness and inflammation brought on in the gym, whether you’ve hurt your shoulders lifting weights or run a little further than you’re used to on the treadmill. And, if you’re having trouble sleeping after a workout, have a read of our tips on how to get a great night’s sleep.
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