Exercise

The human body is engineered to move. Modern clinical research attests to the broad range of benefits that come from regular exercise. From decreasing your risk of developing chronic diseases to maintaining a desirable quality of life through old age, the benefits of regular exercise are both physiological and psychological.
STEP TWO OF THE WELLNESS PYRAMID

Regular physical activity is a critical component for life-long health and maintaining quality of life as you age. Whether you are an athlete or one who just maintains an active lifestyle, getting some form of exercise daily is necessary to keep the strength of your cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems as well as your mental well-being. 

How do essential oils fit into all of this? For example, you can put a few drops of CPTG® Peppermint essential oil into your palms and directly inhale for a quick energizing boost. If you want to learn more unique tips, click on the button below to schedule a time to chat with me!

Massaging Muscles 


Whether you’re warming up for an intense workout or trying to recover afterward, it is important to keep your muscles in tip-top shape. Certain essential oils have powerful soothing, warming, and cooling properties that are useful for massaging the muscles before and after a workout. Try massaging essential oils with warming or cooling properties to areas like the legs, feet, arms, shoulders, back, and neck to provide soothing comfort to muscles after physical activity.

ESSENTIAL OILS WITH WARMING PROPERTIES

  • Black Pepper oil  
  • Cassia oil
  • Wintergreen oil
  • Cinnamon Bark oil
  • Clove oil
ESSENTIAL OILS WITH COOLING PROPERTIES

  • Basil oil
  • Blue Tansy oil
  • Cardamom oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Deep Blue® Soothing Blend   

Hydration

  
Hydration is key to overall health, but it’s especially important before, during, and after a workout. Because our bodies lose water when we sweat, it’s vital to replenish the body with water and stay hydrated. Dehydration will weaken your body and can even lead to serious health issues.

Do you have trouble remembering to hydrate before or after your workout? Turn plain water into a refreshing, flavorful beverage with the addition of essential oils. Citrus essential oils like Lemon oil, Lime oil, Grapefruit oil, Wild Orange oil, or Bergamot oil can add a tasty, invigorating flavor to your water. Consider adding a few drops of an oil to your water before a workout to help make sure you get the hydration you need. 

Resting, Relaxing, and Combating Fatigue 

  
At the end of your workout, once you’ve had a proper cool down, it’s important to rest before your next workout. Your body needs time to recuperate, and a lack of rest between workouts can lead to injuries from overworking the body. By using essential oils with calming and relaxing properties, you can ensure that you get proper rest before your next workout. Here are a few ideas for using essential oils to promote rest and relaxation, as well as fight fatigue between workouts.  
      
  1. If you’re having a difficult time sleeping, diffuse essential oils like Lavender oil or the dōTERRA Serenity® Restful Blend to help create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom, that is conducive to sleep. 
  2. Trying to rest and relax before your next workout? Add a few drops of a soothing essential oil like dōTERRA Balance®, Roman Chamomile oil, Lavender oil, Sandalwood oil, or dōTERRA Serenity to a warm bath to calm the body and relax the mind.  
  3. If you’re feeling fatigued or sluggish when it comes time for your next workout, try using invigorating and essential oils to help you feel awake, focused, and energized. Essential oils like Cypress oil, Lime oil, Peppermint oil, or Wild Orange oil are particularly useful for helping you feel alert and ready for your next workout.  
Looking for more ways to use essential oils for exercise? Check out this free dōTERRA eBook, Essential Oils and Fitness. 

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