Let us introduce Nils…
Nils Jansons is a professional inline rollerblader, he’s racked up various trophies and is recognized as one of the best extreme sports athletes in Europe. Nils is also a friend of nature and a proponent of a healthy lifestyle. We met with him to find out more about his approach, experience and the lessons learned.
In 2019 you released the documentary “Mind Your Step”, which focused on your adventures within the sport, as well as caring for our environment and the search for balance within your life.
What helps you feel that harmony?
I’m trying to educate myself and adjusting the things I’ve learned to what feels right. For example, if you discover Buddhism, you don’t have to immediately become a monk, rather take the things you can use in your everyday life or career. I’m evaluating my physical and psychological condition. Realizing that the body isn’t just meat and bones, it’s also feelings and thoughts. Physical activities, a healthy diet and a pure mind – it’s all necessary to recover from injuries or depressive moments in life. Natural products instead of pharmaceuticals. I’ve been looking for a more natural approach and working with myself for the past 5 years. I’ve been vegan for the past 3 years.
You mentioned Buddhism – who inspired you with it?
Yeah, I’ve read Dalai Lama. I think it can only enrich us, no matter the religion you subscribe to. It’s more like lessons that help you broaden your perspective on who we are. And you can judge for yourself if that’s something you feel and want to believe in.
What inspired your love for nature?
I grew up in Jūrmala. With a forest around me and a beach, you can walk to. When I was a kid, I didn’t really appreciate it. The bond really appeared after I turned 20. Especially, while recovering from injuries that kept me from going all out. That gave me time to read more and take advantage of the things that are around me. Everyone knows that polluting is bad. When you connect all those things, that’s where caring for the environment really begins. You fill up your water bottle, ride your bike, make healthy choices, save money, care for nature and grow as a person – it’s all connected.
Is that what got you interested in CBD? You mentioned pharmaceuticals – I understand that it’s not your cup of tea.
In my opinion, pharmaceutical drugs are often used to suppress symptoms or consequences, even though the root of the problem may be deeper than that. I was already interested in CBD, then a friend of mine suggested it and gave it to me, to try it out. I started using it while training and shooting videos. When you absorb so many impacts and have to do it again the next day, it’s bound to affect your body and mind. There’s stress, even fear. CBD helps with recovery and reducing that anxiety.
How long have you been using CBD?
I’ve been using it irregularly for more than half a year. There have been times when I’m recovering from injuries. That’s when I take CBD every day for about 3 weeks. I look at it as additional help, a dietary supplement. Some may require it more, some not as much. I suggested it to my grandmother, bought some for her. She said it does wonders and I believe in that. Plant-based cures have been around for thousands of years. The question is whether we’re ready to get healthy and get rid of old habits.
How soon did you start feeling the effects of CBD?
Within the first few days. I noticed that my sleep was better, and my muscles felt rested. CBD helps me to relax before stretching and massages. At the same time, I meditate and train my mind, not to be too dependent on any substances.
What are you focusing on right now?
Nowadays, due to all the COVID-19 restrictions, a few things have been left on pause. We’ve been training kids at the Inline School “Straume”. That’s not a full-time thing, though, more of a way to give back to the community. However, I have an opportunity to think more about my personal life and spend time with friends and family. I have the time to experiment with my habits and morning routines. Trying to get in the best shape possible. I’ve been working with the Italian company “ROCES” for a few years, we’re releasing a new inline skate in my name. I’m planning to release a new video project, getting ready to shoot another one. There’s a lot to do. Again, it’s all about balance and discipline.
So here we go! It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. You don’t need to radically change everything in an instant. Starting small is okay, as long as you trust yourself, your thoughts, intuition and feelings.