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5 Essential Oils
Wellness
Published Friday Mar 01, 2019 by Brittany Raine

5 Essential Oils to Elevate Your Fitness Routine

Sticking to an exercise program isn’t always easy. Do you ever feel like you are lacking motivation, especially first thing in the morning or after a hard day’s work? Before you skip your next fitness class or cardio blast, you may want to give essential oils a try.

Essential oils are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in seeds, bark, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. These oils give plants their fragrance, and protect the plants from insects and other threats, too. They seem to be all the rage now, but these oils have long been used for their benefits to human emotions, physical well-being and nutrition.

Here are five essential oils that can help boost your mood and kick your workout into high gear:

Lemongrass

Lemongrass ignites the senses and can help give you the burst of energy you need to get from couch to class. This essential oil is also said to support healthy weight management and a process known as thermogenesis, which helps with the production of heat in the body.
Try this for: Hot yoga
Tip: Rub a few drops on your inner wrist before class for an extra energizing pick-me-up.

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass ignites the senses and can help give you the burst of energy you need to get from couch to class. This essential oil is also said to support healthy weight management and a process known as thermogenesis, which helps with the production of heat in the body.
Try this for: Hot yoga
Tip: Rub a few drops on your inner wrist before class for an extra energizing pick-me-up.

Peppermint

Peppermint can be the wake-up call you need for an early morning class. This essential oil will enliven you and can help boost your mood. It is also believed to support healthy breathing during exercise.
Try this for: Cycling
Tip: Inhale prior to your workout for extra energy, and try rubbing a few drops on your wrist before heading to an early morning class.

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Peppermint

Peppermint can be the wake-up call you need for an early morning class. This essential oil will enliven you and can help boost your mood. It is also believed to support healthy breathing during exercise.
Try this for: Cycling
Tip: Inhale prior to your workout for extra energy, and try rubbing a few drops on your wrist before heading to an early morning class.

Eucalyptus

This essential oil is widely known to be soothing. A whiff of eucalyptus can support a sustained positive mood and energy throughout the day. This oil is also said to aid with recovery and ward off illness. If you feel the sniffles coming on or don’t feel quite yourself, eucalyptus might help.
Try this for: Barre or on your rest day
Tip: Washing sweaty workout gear? Try adding a few drops to your dryer filter for added freshness and to sanitize before drying your load.  

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Eucalyptus

This essential oil is widely known to be soothing. A whiff of eucalyptus can support a sustained positive mood and energy throughout the day. This oil is also said to aid with recovery and ward off illness. If you feel the sniffles coming on or don’t feel quite yourself, eucalyptus might help.
Try this for: Barre or on your rest day
Tip: Washing sweaty workout gear? Try adding a few drops to your dryer filter for added freshness and to sanitize before drying your load.  

Lemon

Lemon essential oil can do many things, but did you know it can also quench your thirst? Add a drop or two to your water for a natural pre-exercise drink that will keep you hydrated throughout your workout. The burst of flavor and scent will drive you to drink more than you typically would—added bonus!
Try this for: That long afternoon at work before a trip to the gym
Tip: Fill your water bottle and stick it in the refrigerator overnight so you have a chilly, invigorating treat first thing in the morning.

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Lemon

Lemon essential oil can do many things, but did you know it can also quench your thirst? Add a drop or two to your water for a natural pre-exercise drink that will keep you hydrated throughout your workout. The burst of flavor and scent will drive you to drink more than you typically would—added bonus!
Try this for: That long afternoon at work before a trip to the gym
Tip: Fill your water bottle and stick it in the refrigerator overnight so you have a chilly, invigorating treat first thing in the morning.

Marjoram

Marjoram is a key essential oil to post-workout recovery. This oil has calming and relaxing properties, which can work wonders on sore and tired muscles. Typically, marjoram is used for massage or in a warm bath to aid muscle recovery and repair.
Try this for: After a race or workout-heavy week.
Tip: Looking for quick muscle pain relief? Massage a few drops onto the desired area before (or after) your workout. You can even add a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.

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Marjoram

Marjoram is a key essential oil to post-workout recovery. This oil has calming and relaxing properties, which can work wonders on sore and tired muscles. Typically, marjoram is used for massage or in a warm bath to aid muscle recovery and repair.
Try this for: After a race or workout-heavy week.
Tip: Looking for quick muscle pain relief? Massage a few drops onto the desired area before (or after) your workout. You can even add a few drops to a warm Epsom salt bath for maximum recovery benefits.

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
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Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.