Improve Your Fitness Routine with These 5 Essential Oils

Posted by on December 24, 2018 in Alternative Health Care, Exercise and Fitness, Health with 1 Comment

Taking care of your body is one of the most important things you can do to promote long life. The dangers of a sedentary lifestyle pose significant risks that include conditions like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. Staying active can prevent a host of potentially deadly illnesses, and it can also help us fight depression and anxiety, prevent injuries and make us feel confident. Unfortunately, sticking to a regular fitness routine is hard for many people. Whether it’s finding the time, the place or the activity, the thought of exercise can seem daunting.

Lots of people start off with the intention of sticking to regular exercise but find themselves lacking in motivation. Even hard-core fitness fanatics could use a little help sometimes when it comes to sticking to a fitness routine. It can be hard to maintain good habits, feel motivated or find time to dedicate to workouts. Your best bet for exercise success is to build fun activities into your lifestyle. Adding essential oils to help improve your fitness routine could help keep you motivated and feeling happy about your program.

Essential oils can add many benefits to your fitness routine. They can improve your overall exercise experience, give you an energy a boost, act as a super pre-workout pick-me-up and offer post-workout recovery aid. If you are curious about what essential oils can do for your fitness goals, check out these oils below that offer the most benefits.

Peppermint

Sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed when your early morning alarm clock goes off, but the morning can be a great time to exercise and start your day off on the right foot. Peppermint can help zap you out of an early morning daze, boost your mood and have you feeling energized to start sweating. Put a few drops into your diffuser right when you wake up to enjoy while you are getting ready or drinking your coffee. By the time you walk out the door, you’ll feel the energy boost it provides.

Peppermint oil is also an excellent tool for post-workout relief. It can be calming to the skin and muscles when applied topically with a carrier oil, and act as a great way to cool down your muscles after an intense session at the gym.

Marjoram

Marjoram is a favorite herb for its ability to add flavor to savory dishes. But this plant also makes the perfect essential oil to help your body recover after a workout. It has many calming and relaxing properties that can soothe and relax muscles that are tired and sore. Add a few drops to a post-workout bath and experience how it can aid your muscles in recovery. For an extra sore muscle benefit, add a cup or two of Epsom salts to the tub. You can also use marjoram with your favorite carrier oil to aid the benefits of massage.


Lemongrass

Lemongrass has a crisp, savory aroma that can make you think of Thai food. But start using it before a workout and you could change your mental association from food to fitness. Lemongrass essential oil can help give you a boost in energy while elevating your mood and self-esteem. It has a wonderfully, zesty aroma that can get you off the couch and into your running shoes almost effortlessly. Lemongrass can also give you the courage to take on the world, or the challenging new spinning class you want to try. It’s a favorite essential oil for weight management and is thought to help the body’s production of heat and boost metabolism.

Lemongrass is another essential oil that can be rubbed directly into the muscles after a workout when diluted with a carrier oil.

Eucalyptus

The soothing aroma of eucalyptus packs a bigger mood-boosting punch than you might think. If you are feeling frustrated or just plain unmotivated to move, inhaling some eucalyptus essential oil can improve your attitude and give you the energy you need to stick to your fitness plan.

Try making a workout spray with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a spray bottle with 3 ounces of water and spritz your body before your warm up. If it’s hot outside, the eucalyptus on your skin can promote a cooling sensation that can keep you from wanting to throw in the towel. This method also allows you to inhale the aroma throughout your workout. Eucalyptus is known for its ability to support the respiratory system and can be of aid while you are huffing and puffing. Eucalyptus is also an oil you can add to a bath for its cooling and soothing effects after you work up a sweat.

Grapefruit

The citrus oils are some of the most refreshing, rejuvenating and energizing of any oils out there. Grapefruit oil is known to have a stimulating effect on the body and the mind while boosting the immune system to keep you feeling good so that you can stick to your fitness plan all year long. It’s a favorite oil among people who like to maintain a healthy body fat composition and can even help with motivation to stick to a healthy diet free from processed sugar. Sometimes the key to keeping an exercise routine is the motivation you feel when you see the results from your overall healthy diet and lifestyle. Grapefruit essential oil can help promote those type of results, and more!

Final Thoughts

Don’t limit yourself to this list of essential oils for fitness motivation. Most essential oils have the power to change our state of mind, so find what works for you. If you are a gym member, try making a disinfectant spray with your favorite essential oils in a spray bottle. Bring it to the gym and use it to wipe down the machines before and after use. You’ll sanitize the surfaces and energize your mind for a great workout.

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