How to Recover over the age of 40 – Part 3
Can you rub away your pains and boost your recovery? Yes!
Today is part 3 of our Training over 40 Series and I’m focused on topical lotions, which to use, and how best to use them.
I’m a pretty big fan of topicals for pain relief and recovery, they are easy to apply, feel good, and are not another pill you have to take. I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on this for some time, but I’ve been waiting for my two favorite lotions from Feel Good Labs and the new Theraone lotion to be available for everyone.
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😬My favorite lotion for pain relief
Sore Knees? Bad Back? You are looking for a topical that can aid in pain relief, reduce inflammation, and kick start recovery. Don’t be tricked by topicals that just tingle the surface of your skin (I’m looking at you Icy Hot), I’m focused on products that can actually help over both the short term and long term.
The key ingredients you will find are Arnica, Magnesium, MSM, and maybe even Turmeric. I’ve struggled to find all of those in one lotion until I started using the Feel Good Pain Relief formula on my sore knees. It also adds Chondroitin (the key ingredient in Swiss RX Joint Defense) and Glucosamine which is why I feel it is so effective on my achy knees.
If you have pain, specifically in a joint area, this is the lotion you should try
🌿Should I use CBD Lotion?
Whether you want to use CBD or not is a personal decision. If the answer is yes, read on.
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and pain relief. I’ve had great results on certain body parts, like my low back, but then had it do almost nothing for on a sore Achilles. So it depends on the issue and my suspicion is that when it is a larger area like low back pain with a broad area of inflammation then CBD can be like a miracle lotion.
This is the most popular lotion we sell as it is easy to apply and has no “hemp” like smell. It is also THC free, which is good for many, but given the choice, I tend to prefer a full spectrum CBD whenever possible.
Is a brand new product from the makers of Theragun. They have spent a small fortune formulating the ultimate Full Spectrum CBD topical and I’ve been blown away in my early testing.
✅It is Full Spectrum, which I love.
✅ The absorption technology they have developed appears to be very effective and helps to get more CBD to the areas where you want it.
✅ It is very convenient, the rub-on-stick is discreet, portable, and super easy to use (plus it doesn’t get all over your hands!)
The purest and least process CBD is from a small farm in Vermont called Luce Farms. They grow, harvest, and package it all on-site. They offer a full spectrum of warming rub and a cooling rub. It is potent and has a slight smell, but works great on my knees and surprisingly, on the bottom of my feet.
💪Lotions for Recovery
When it comes to recovery the goals are often very similar to pain relief. In most cases using either a natural pain relief lotion or CBD lotion for recovery is also very effective. When thinking about recovery, I’m thinking about large muscle groups like calves, quads, glutes, biceps, shoulders, etc…Here are the top formulas specific to post-workout recovery:
This is packed with every major botanical for recovery, I particularly like that it adds Turmeric, Magnesium, and MSM to the foundation of Arnica. The formula is tweaked slightly from the pain relief formula is better formulated for large muscle groups.
While most of us think of AMP Human Lotion as a purely performance topical, but it may be even more effective for recovery. In a clinical trial, PR Lotion was proven to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) by an incredible 54%. The PR Lotion group also showed a number of performance benefits.
Using 20 elite cyclists for the double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled, cross-over study at San Diego State University, from the first day to the second day following a series of short, intense efforts, subjects using PR Lotion experienced a 53.5% reduction in DOMS versus a continued rise in pain of 34.3% with control (p=0.007).
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Article written by: Matt – The Feed.