Over the past year or two I’ve discovered a new found love for working out! It makes me feel great, helps me handle stress and has the obvious benefits of helping with weight loss. Working out on a daily basis is not only great for your physical health, but also for your mental health, so putting yourself in the right mindset from the beginning is the right way to start. I can’t always get to the gym here in town, so I work out at home! AND I can diffuse essential oils, helping create the right atmosphere, depending on whether I need to feel calm and collected or pumped up and motivated. Every essential oil has a different way of enhancing or changing our mood when added to a diffuser and you get the added benefit of a great smelling home gym.
Use these essential oils in your home gym to help create the atmosphere that you need to help you through a workout.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This essential oil is great to diffuse in your home gym for three reasons. First it opens up the nasal passages and allows you to breathe better when you are mid-workout. That same open feeling also creates a mood lifting atmosphere in the gym that is uplifting and encouraging and you go through your daily paces. Finally, peppermint is a great natural air freshener, keeping your home gym smelling fresh.
Lavender Essential Oil
Diffuse lavender if you want to create a sense of calm while you are working out, so for routines that include yoga, barre exercises and stretching. Its ability to calm and soothe means that you increase your concentration and focus while exercising, which is important in preventing accidents due to frustration or distraction. The fragrance can’t be beat either, giving your home gym a wonderful aroma of flowers that lasts for hours.
Geranium Essential Oil
Another uplifting and mood enhancing essential oil, geranium is also a floral, but a lot lighter than lavender. Diffuse this oil alone or blending with other oils to improve mental health and help you push through those hard workouts that you just want to quit. As a natural deodorant, geranium keeps both you and the room smelling fresh all day long. Many individuals actually use geranium essential oil as a natural body deodorant, because it is sweat out of the body as you workout.
Lemon Essential Oil
All citrus essential oils are stimulating and invigorating, and lemon essential oil is one of the best. In a home gym, it promotes a can do atmosphere helping to relieve stress and tension as you work through long stretches of repetitive routines. The aroma perks you right up, increasing your awareness and boosting both your brain and your body.
Do you use essential oils in your home? Have you ever tried diffusing them while working out? What are your favorite essential oils?