Older People Who Use Cannabis Tend To Be More Motivated To Exercise, New Study Finds

Older People Who Use Cannabis Tend To Be More Motivated To Exercise, New Study Finds

New research into the benefits of cannabis use among older people has found that smoking cannabis significantly increases the motivation to engage in physical exercise, and that, ironically, it is non-users who are much more likely to feel the strain. Terrible puns aside, the study’s findings are actually pretty important given the connection between regular exercise and healthy ageing. Published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Health Behavior[i], the study analysed the performance of a group of people taking part in a 16-week exercise programme for over-60s, some of whom were cannabis users. Before joining the scheme, users and non-users reported an equal tendency to exercise, with both groups engaging in physical activity an average of 1.3 times a week. As the programme progressed, however, the cannabis smokers became significantly more energised than their non-using counterparts. At the eight-week stage, those who used marijuana were already exercising an average of 4.1 times a week, while cannabis-free participants were only managing 3.4 workouts a week. By the end of the scheme, this gap was even more pronounced, with cannabis users cramming in four more exercise sessions a week than non-users. The fact that cannabis helped to enhance the benefits of this exercise programme fits in with previous research regarding the plant’s impact on physical activity. A study that was published last year in Frontiers in Public Health revealed that people who combine marijuana with exercise tend to report greater enjoyment and speedier recovery from their workouts, resulting in…

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