Getting settled into our new home & new town means it's time to get back into a rhthym with my fitness. Fortunately, I found an incredible group of people @crossfit_type44 and am back on the barbell (though the 3,500 foot elevation is still taking some getting used to). So much of the reason we moved to Bend was to pursue an active lifestyle full of adventure. And a lot goes into keeping our bodies in tip top shape to do the things we love.
Fortunately, my wife (and Co-Founder of @citrusandsageoils has me covered for much of my pre & post-workout routine. I definitely came in a skeptic, when it comes to using essential oils, but after using just a few on a regular basis, I'm a full on convert. So, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite oils and how I use them.
Copaiba: I roll this one on directly around my knees and to the ligaments on the back of my knee. Inflamation can be a big deal when working out and lifting weights, especially on my 35 year old knees, and Copaiba before a workout definitely helps keep my most important joints loose.
Panaway: For all my fellow CrossFitters, you know the feeling of not being able to walk down stairs or not being able to straighten your arms, due to muscle soreness after an intense workout. Rather than being completely immobilized, I'll take som Panaway in the palm of my hand (along w/ some lotion or coconut oil) and rub it into the major muscle groups worked that day. Panaway is kinda like Icy Hot but SO much better (and better for you). Thieves: A drop on the bottom of my feet or in my gym bag keeps the stank away (stank = official term for that post-workout smell). And yes, you might see that I have cedar shoe trees in my gym shoes. It may seem excessive, but the shoe trees help keep my shoes dry & in shape so they last longer. Plus, add a drop of Thieves to the bottom of your shoe trees before you put them in your shoes, and kill any wonky smells before they start.
Not shown are 2 of my other favorites: Peppermint & RC. I'll put a drop of Peppermint in my water bottle and a couple of drops of RC on my chest on my way out the door.
Here's to staying active!