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Chapter Nine – Fitness

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Do you love the feeling of completing the last few blocks of a long run? Or maybe your favorite part of the day is a morning yoga session?

Maybe you get your cardio in by chasing little ones around the house all day. No matter what kind of physical activity you prefer, exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle.

At this point in our journey through this book, we’ve demonstrated how versatile essential oils are and how many tasks they can be used for. This is no different when it comes to exercise.

Whether you enjoy lifting weights, running long distances, or taking bike rides with your kids, plenty of essential oils can help make your workout more pleasant and effective.

How does it work?

How do essential oils improve a workout Essential oils have a wide variety of applications when it comes to physical fitness and can be used during the warmup, workout, and cooldown stages of your routine.

While you’ll find many aromatic, topical, and internal applications for essential oils during physical activity, one of the main ways essential oils help with fitness is by providing the body with soothing comfort.

Many essential oils contain soothing properties that help the body by producing a warming or cooling sensation when applied to the skin. These oils don’t actually change the body’s temperature, but the warming or cooling sensation they provide can help soothe the area before, during, or after a workout.

In addition to utilizing the warming and cooling benefits of essential oils during a workout, essential oils with other chemical properties can be a useful part of any fitness routine. For example, essential oils like Bergamot, Spearmint, and Wild Orange have uplifting and energizing properties that may help you get ready for a tough workout or create an energizing or encouraging atmosphere throughout your exercise routine. You can also use essential oils like Eucalyptus, Peppermint, or Tea Tree to help promote clear, deep breathing during your workout. Once your workout is over, you can use essential oils like Blue Tansy or Wintergreen to massage the muscles as you prepare for rest and recovery.

No matter what type of workout you prefer, a wide range of essential oils are available to help improve your personal exercise routine.

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How to use essential oils for fitness

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Apply essential oils with properties that promote clear breathing to the neck and chest before a workout to create an invigorating vapor, as well as promote feelings of open airways. dōTERRA Breathe® essential oil products work well for this.

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Diffuse essential oils with energizing and invigorating aromas during your workout to create a motivating atmosphere as you push through your workout.

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If you struggle to stay hydrated before or after working out, try adding essential oils to your water for more flavor.

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Rub essential oils with warming or cooling properties to areas like the legs, feet, back, neck, arms and shoulders after a workout. Deep Blue® Soothing Blend and Deep Blue Rub are perfect for this.

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Consider using specially formulated essential oil supplements to improve your overall wellness when working toward specific fitness goals.* Try the dōTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack® and other dōTERRA specialized supplements.

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Some essential oils contain properties that can be useful for weight management, because they may help curb cravings, promote a healthy metabolism, and aid in digestion.* Try using Cinnamon Bark, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lime, or any of the Slim & Sassy® products.

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After a particularly difficult workout, consider adding soothing essential oils to a warm bath to help your body recuperate. If you don’t have time for a bath, simply soak your feet with water and soothing essential oils.

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Before or after high-impact exercise like running, consider massaging essential oils like Cinnamon Bark, Ginger, or Frankincense into the skin.

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If you use massage therapy as part of your cooldown or post-workout recovery, apply relaxing or soothing essential oils to help soothe the muscles and prepare the body for rest.

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Apply essential oils with warming properties to the skin during your warmup to help any areas that need attention.

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