This year, International Day of Happiness was celebrated on March 20th, and studies have shown how healthy physical activity can help you regulate your mood, destress, and boost your “happy hormones”.1  However, intense exercise can also cause inflammation2 – and that’s nothing to smile about.


How Being Active Can Help Ease Muscle Soreness And Stiffness

The recommended treatment for muscle soreness and stiffness for many years included rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing pain as well as more generic benefits associated with improved overall physical health.3

Exercise improves cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular health, increases muscle mass and strength, and improves joint mobility and physical functioning.4

Exercise may also produce changes in the brain that can significantly reduce pain. Exercise appears to stimulate brain regions involved in descending pain inhibitions, decreasing their sensitivity to pain.5

Finally, exercise appears to have effects on mental health, such as mood elevation and reduction of stress and depression, which are often associated with pain conditions.6


Keep Muscle Soreness And Stiffness At Bay

Exercise can be any physical activity. It could be running, swimming, tennis, or bowls, or it could be an exercise training programme or a hobby like cycling or strolling. It could also involve physical hobbies like gardening, cleaning, or going for a walk to the store.7

Keep in mind that when starting a new exercise programme, the best approach is to begin with small amounts of physical activity and gradually increase pace and duration.

Stretching makes many individuals feel better during and after exercise, and it helps some people reduce muscle discomfort and stiffness. Following a workout, a cool-down period helps your breathing and heart rate to return to normal. By circulating blood to the exercised muscles, it can also aid in the healing process and potentially relieve delayed onset muscular soreness.8



How CBD Can Help Boost Your Pre And Post Workout

The purest form of CBD, CBD isolate, is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.9

Studies have reported that CBD isolate may assist with reducing pain, inflammation, and overall discomfort, without causing psychomotor slowing or dependence.10

ADCO CBD Pain gel11, available in a convenient pump bottle, is formulated with various ingredients that work together to assist with symptomatic relief of muscle pain, inflammation, minor sprains, and strains post-workout.

The formulation also includes Methyl Sulphonyl Methane (MSM), menthol, wintergreen essential oil (Methyl Salicylate), arnica oil, clove bud oil, and rosemary oil.11


Other ADCO CBD Pain12 Management Products

In addition to ADCO CBD Pain gel, both ADCO CBD Pain drops and ADCO CBD Pain capsules are free from THC and sugar, and each batch is laboratory tested and quality controlled to ensure that you get the highest quality CBD at the right dose.

ADCO CBD Pain drops and ADCO CBD Pain capsules contain CBD isolate and assist with relief of symptoms associated with minor pain.

If you are suffering from aches and pains, talk to your health care provider or a health professional before starting an exercise programme. Effective treatments can help pain management.



Trusted, reliable, reputable ADCO CBD products are available from the ADCO CBD online store – as well as independent pharmacies and selected Clicks and Dis-Chem stores. For more information visit: and join the conversations on Facebook on Instagram.






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  12. ADCO CBD Pain. Professional information leaflet. 25 November 2019



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