Exercise has many benefits. People exercise to stay fit, control their weight, provide energy, lift their mood, experience enjoyment, increase longevity, and boost their immune system.
I like exercise for all these reasons, and I have a hard time going more than a day without the physical exertion that exercise provides.
And with the addition of essential oils, I find exercise even more worthwhile. So much so, my oils have become a regular companion to my morning exercise routine.
I first experienced the power of essential oils in conjunction with exercise at a large-group yoga activity I attended. At this event, a variety of oils were used to intensify the effects of the exercise we were doing, and they really did make a difference.
Now I enjoy the advantage that essential oils bring as I exercise at home.
There are a number of ways essential oils can enhance anyone's exercise experience.
One simple applications is to put a drop or two of a favorite essential oil under the nose, and on the neck and chest. This allows you to benefit from the aromatic power of essential oils directly as you exert myself and breathe deeply.
The oil I choose to use during exercise depends. If I'm a bit down, I might apply a citrus oil or the blend called Joy. If I'm tired, some peppermint will often help to stimulate and awaken me. Sometimes I use an oil I like just to encourage deep breathing. One of my favorite oils for this is Neroli, which is from orange blossoms.
Essential oils can also help exercise be more effective in that they help to balance the body energetically and provide overall strength. The blend called Valor is noted for these benefits.
When I want to balance my body's energy, all I do is put some Valor on my wrists and hold them together for a minute or so. This helps give me the strength and balance I need for a better workout.
Another advantage the right essential oils bring your way when you exercise is that they help your muscles recover.
Wintergreen has long been used for this purpose, and the use of pure wintergreen essential oil can be very stimulating and invigorating after a workout.
And, if you are experiencing normal muscle aches, oils like balsam fir, as well as blends called Deep Relief, PanAway, and Cool Azuyl can be soothing.
One of the little extras I like about essential oils is that they help me stick with my exercise program.
Not only do they make exercise more enjoyable, but I can rely on them to boost my performance and optimize my body systems as they recover from working out.