For Runners, It’s All About Speeding Up Recovery Time. And That May Include Adding CBD To Your Fitness Regimen.
Whoop is an activity tracker that tracks and quantifies the recovery of runners.
Whoop researchers analyzed data from members who recorded 30 or more runs between February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 in the Whoop Journal, a customizable feature that allows members to log more than 40 specific behaviors that may impact performance on a daily basis.
They analyzed 450,000 entries across 18 different practices and substances, from acupuncture and cryotherapy to CBD and magnesium, to determine which ones have the biggest effect on recovery. The researchers found that melatonin use resulted in the largest average improvement on recovery scores, heart rate variability (HRV), and resting heart rate (RHR) with about 32% of runners recorded using it. Melatonin is a naturally produced hormone that tells your body when it is time to hit the sheets. A 2019 research found that melatonin doesn’t actually induce sleep, but rather shifts our circadian rhythm or internal clock so that our body knows its time to sleep.
Keeping in mind the fact that experts believe sleep could be the single most important factor in exercise recovery, it looks anything we do to gain a better night’s sleep is beneficial. When it comes to practices, breathwork resulted in the second highest average impact on increased recovery scores and increased heart rate variability (HRV) and also reduced resting heart rate (RHR), which means more runners would benefit from this if they incorporated this in their life. Breathwork can be added to the training schedule as part of the cooldown and just about 10 to 15 slow inhales through your nose followed by slow exhales through your mouth should be enough.
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