If you have been following my blog, you know that last year I had a slew of medical issues preventing me from racing and training. Through that journey I have become increasingly aware of not only my training program but also the products I use to support my body through it. In order to help my body perform at its best, I now refuse to use any products containing chemicals. Thankfully I was introduced to essential oils by a coworker. I slowly incorporated the oils into my daily routine and continue to find countless applications for them as an OCR athlete.
One thing I definitely learned last year, is that as an athlete it is important to keep stress levels low so your body can properly recover from the stress of your workouts. I diffuse Lavender oil into the air in my bedroom every single night, usually starting a few hours before I go to sleep. I also always keep a bottle on me to help fight off any stress that pops up during the day at the office or when traveling. A few drops rubbed onto my wrists or the back of my neck do wonders for me. Another oil I use for similar purposes is Stress Away. I tend to rub this blend on my neck and shoulders before bed.
Deep Relief Roll-On blend is hands down my favorite oil that I could not live without. In a time crunch I have used it to replace self-myofascial release work. I’ve rolled it onto my calves, deltoids, shoulder blades, and the back of my neck. The effects are almost instant and as good, if not better than other chemical filled products I’ve used to help support my body post workout. Another oil I use for similar purposes is Panaway. I tend to use this oil blend on my lower back every night before bed. And I’ve also recently started to try out the Cool Azul Sports Gel with great success. It came in this great Active & Fit Kit with a bunch of other useful oils.
Want to know what I use for pre-workout before long runs and races? Ningxia Nitro! It is a cognitive fitness dietary supplement. It is packed full of antioxidants, essential oils and botanical extracts to help boost energy naturally, sharpen mental focus and improve performance. I use this chemical-free product before and during my races and hard workouts. It even conveniently fits in small pockets or packs and is nice and light for racing. No jitters or gross burps coming from this product either.