How Plano residents can use Essential Oils during their weight loss fitness program.
Sticking to a weight loss fitness program is not always easy. It takes consistency and determination. At times, you might not feel like working out because you’re too tired, still recovering from your last session, or finding it hard to get in the mood. But before you skip the day’s session and possibly hurt your trainer’s feelings, you may want to give essential oils a try. It is important to listen to your body but essential oils can give you the mindset shift you might need.
Yes, essential oils. You know the oils your grandma busts out when you mention something about not feeling your best. Just like certain foods that can help get you pumped up for and bounce back from a workout, some of these natural aromatic compounds offer pre- and post-exercise benefits. And in certain cases, they can even support your health and performance in ways that might surprise you. Hope you are still reading because here comes the good stuff.
Here are some tips and options you can start off with to experience just how much of a difference essential oils can make in your weight loss fitness program.
Let’s kick off with some Peppermint Essential Oil.
This one is actually simple to apply. A single sniff or drop of peppermint goes a long way in getting you motivated to exercise. Great for the morning people who love to start their day off with a great workout routine. Just sniff this essential oil for an instant jolt of energy. The smell of peppermint can enliven your senses and get you in the mood, which is a big plus if you need to be 100 percent alert and focused for the day’s session.
To keep the scent close, put a drop on each wrist about 30 minutes before you begin. To support healthy breathing during your exercise routine, rub 4 or 5 drops on your chest at least 5 minutes prior to your start time. This may help in supporting normal breathing so you can enjoy a smoother workout.
If you’re concerned about occasional muscle fatigue, gently massage a few drops on or after your workout as well as some light stretching to prep those muscles.
But that’s not all. Adding a drop of peppermint vitality oil to water or your sports drink has been studied for its ability to promote longer more rewarding workouts. That’s more REPS!!
Let’s not leave out some Lemongrass Essential Oil.
You want to a burn a lot of calories during a weight training session or your weight loss fitness program right? By applying lemongrass, it can set you up for an extra effective workout. The key here is citral, a compound known for supporting the production of heat in your body (a process that’s also referred to as thermogenesis) that is high in lemongrass oil. Lemongrass essential oil supports good energy and healthy weight management. What what!!!
All you need is 4 to 6 drops of the oil rubbed on your skin or feet before a workout. If your workout is challenging, you can also use lemongrass after you leave the gym. For best results, combine it with basil, clary sage, and fractionated coconut oil and rub the blend on the body part.
Lots of sweat means we need to stay hydrated and one great way is Lemon Essential Oil.
Worried about staying hydrated as you sweat should be a concern. Adding 2 drops of lemon vitality essential oil to 16 ounces of water ought to do the trick. With this pre-workout drink, you’ll be better hydrated during your workout. And with that burst of flavor, you’ll probably find yourself drinking more than you normally do with plain water.
Lemon essential oil also does a great job bolstering your immune system which can be overworked during cardiovascular exercise. Hydration helps with sore muscles as well. So lemon up!!!
When you think muscles, think Marjoram Essential Oil.
Who doesn’t love a good massage after a long hard weight lifting session. Marjoram is a key oil used in massage after exercise. It can be diffused, directly inhaled, or applied topically.
With its calming and relaxing properties, marjoram can do wonders for your muscles. Before you start, rub this essential oil thoroughly on your legs, arms or back.
Should your muscles feel tired after exercising, add drops of marjoram to your post-workout bath, together with some lavender, helichrysum and roman chamomile oil.
So there you have it. 4 great essential oils that can be used to help you during your change. These are just 4 simple oils that can be applied in easy ways. They are plenty of essential oil blends as well to get similar effects. Thank you for reading this blog. I wish you luck in your health and wellness journey and if you are located in the Dallas, North Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen or Frisco area, please come see me at CrossFit Alpha 1 Athlete. For more exercise tips, check me out on Instagram: @alpha1athlete
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