Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Refresh your Spring Workout Routine

I admire those that have a consistent, dedicated workout routine year round. If you are like me, you become less active in the winter, and feel the need to shed some of those pounds as soon as spring comes around...cliché? Perhaps.

Along with getting back into the warm weather exercise routine comes the not so fun part of aches and pains of sore muscles. Sometimes even finding the energy to workout each day can be challenging with the craziness of life happening around us.

I have added some natural products to my workout routine that have been great for soothing sore muscles after a workout or strenuous activity as well as staying energized. Whether you are the workout veteran, or the spring chicken, like myself, I think adding essential oils to your workout routine is worth a try!

Instead of using all those products filled with chemicals, I have been using two essential oils from Young Living, namely PanAway and Peppermint. I highly recommend the Young Living brand when it comes to essential oils for their premium quality. How do these oils come in to play for working out you may wonder?

PanAway Essential Oil:

PanAway oil has become my best friend, especially while my body gets back into shape. It is great for soothing sore muscle aches. It can be used typical and is great for a massage, or you can utilize it in a nice, hot bath which is what I like to do. PanAway has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young.

If you are feeling the workout blues, try mixing 1/2 cup of epsom salts with 4-5 drops of the PanAway essential oil blend. Let the oil soak into the salts, and then add to a hot bath, soak, and enjoy! I find myself keeping it right at the edge of the tub. If you more of a massage person, keep a bottle in your gym bag to help your fatigued muscles as it can be applied topically right to the area of soreness.

I have also been focusing a lot on hydration, which is certainly important when it comes to working out. It can be difficult to consume a lot of water throughout the day, especially if you are one who likes a little flavor in a beverage. Drinking the proper amount of water is also a great way to flush out toxins from the body. Peppermint oil has been a great tool for me to focus on water consumption while feeling a boost of energy*. Try adding Peppermint essential oil to your water pre or during workout to keep alert and focused. Of course, post workout, staying hydrated is equally as important. Peppermint is a nice touch to a post workout beverage as it keeps you feeling energized and helps to avoid a post workout slump.*

Peppermint is actually a key ingredient in PanAway and can be used topically as well for a soothing experience! Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage. 

Common Uses for Peppermint:
-After a tough workout, dilute a few drops of Peppermint in V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, and use it in a refreshing post-workout massage.
-Create your own home spa. Add Peppermint and Eucalyptus Radiata to hot bath water and enjoy the relaxing, invigorating scent and aromatic steam.
-Peppermint is in the same family as both Lavender and Rosemary. Diffuse the oils of these powerful botanicals together for a fresh aroma that uplifts the spirit.

What is part of your workout routine. Share in the comments below as it is always good to share practices!

If you love essential oils like me, and find yourself on a path to natural living, consider joining Young Living as a wholesale member to enjoy a 24% discount on all products. 

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  1. These are such great tips! Also, have you tried the new Cool Azul-line? Isabella loves that after track practice.

  2. Great tips, Wes. I think Peppermint is like a coveted oil. We love it in our house.


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