How CBD Can Improve Your Workouts and Fight Obesity during the Pandemic

How CBD Can Improve Your Workouts and Fight Obesity during the Pandemic

Learn how CBD can improve your workouts and help fight inflammation and obesity with these great excerpts from! Also check out the short video at the end from the NFL Alumni Association titled “Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity”--a campaign that inspires more men to open up about weight and seek help.

According to U.S. News, "CBD for exercise-induced inflammation is absolutely the next big area we need to explore," says Thorsten Rudroff, an exercise scientist and director of the Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at Colorado State University, and the Frontiers in Neurology study co-author. "However, most of what we know about CBD and exercise is based on anecdotal reports," he says. "There's basically no research on the topic. We need to investigate CBD's effects on inflammatory biomarkers [compounds like C-reactive protein in the body that occur with inflammation] in athletes and exercise recovery."

"He explains that he has seen a dramatic increase in the number of older adults and collegiate and professional athletes consuming CBD edibles and oils. By taking them immediately after exercise, they aim to recover quickly and effectively. Some believe that CBD reduces the body's tendency to break down tissues and promotes muscle growth."

"Meanwhile, Beyer posits that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He often recommends that his patients apply CBD salves to the injured area."

"CBD penetrates transdermally to reduce inflammation in the injured tissues," Beyer explains, noting that overuse of NSAIDs, especially in conjunction with exercise, can damage the kidneys. For example, in a 2017 Emergency Medical Journal studying ultramarathoners, those who took ibuprofen every four hours during a 50-mile race were about 18 percent more likely to finish the race with acute kidney damage."

With this knowledge, the link between underlying health conditions and the growing pandemic has made CBD a crucial component in improving your workouts to help battle obesity, inflammation, and other underlying issues you may face as an aging athlete.

"Obesity has been a proven link to life-threatening health conditions such as heart disease for many years, but the NFLA’s Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity campaign has taken on new relevance given the intersection of obesity to COVID-19.  Research suggests that 41% of adults in the U.S. have at least one underlying medical condition, which includes obesity, that may put them at higher risk of severe illness or even death.  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently updated their guidelines to list overweight, obesity, and severe obesity as conditions that might increase one’s risk of severe illness or hospitalization from COVID-19.  Additional data confirms that obesity is the number one risk factor for developing a severe case of COVID-19 in people under the age of 60."

"Bart Oates, President of the NFLA, also addressed COVID-19 concerns highlighted from a recent NFLA Member Survey. “We can all agree that COVID-19 is public health enemy #1 right now. Four out of five of our members surveyed think that obesity may increase the risk of serious complications due to COVID-19. And almost 95% of those same members recognized the importance of confronting and addressing health issues, and not hiding from them.” While encouraging men to open up about their health, the Huddle Up: Let’s Talk Obesity campaign also shares a positive message that there’s a real path to better long-term health with many options and resources available for help."
"The new thirty-second long Public Service Announcement begins airing in several Florida locations starting the week of November 9th during Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games, and runs through the remainder of the regular NFL season. For additional obesity-related information, articles and personal shared stories, there is a dedicated campaign website: The NFLA is proud to partner with healthcare company Novo Nordisk Inc. on this initiative."



NFL Alumni Association via Mike Haynes, Preferred-CBD Co-Owner & Ambassador