However, I am realizing, like many other aspects of life, change doesn't happen to our bodies unless we push beyond what is comfortable.
Recently I discovered a few ways to challenge my muscles to get the results I want without limping around or taking three consecutive "rest days" following a tough day at the gym.
1) As I am working out I drink Slim and Sassy in my water. I find that it gives me energy and detoxifies my body.
"Slim and Sassy" is kind of a misnomer since this blend is formulated to restore a metabolism to health and is helpful for people who are underweight or overweight. A beneficial side-effect for those who are overweight is weight loss. For guys who may be reading this: don't let the name scare you. My husband used this throughout his training for a Tough Mudder and didn't become sassy at all. Try it and see.
2) Another helpful way to speed muscle recovery is to use Frankincense and Marjoram. You can apply it directly to sore muscles in a blend with Fractionated Coconut Oil or take a few drops internally in a veggie cap. I've been doing this after really tough workouts and I am able to hit the gym the very next day, and the day after that. These are two multi-purpose oils, but I think the credit can go to Frankincense's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and Marjoram's analgesic, antioxidant and antispasmodic properties.
3) Perhaps the most crucial part of my routine is the Lifelong Vitality Supplements. This supplement system has been the game-changer for my health and my husband's. I used them during pregnancy and nursing which is as physically grueling as any exercise program. Listen to developer and expert, Rob Young explain the benefits to trainer and rugby player, Paul Holmes:
In my own family and on my dōTERRA team, we have countless stories about the benefits
we have experienced from these supplements because they give our bodies the tools they need to perform well. Any time Dr. Oz announces the new must-have supplement trend, I check my ingredient list and see that I am already taking the therapeutic value of that item. Rob Young is way ahead of the trends in his research and is able to incorporate them into the formulas.
This supplement system is nearly $200 for a month supply at retail, and worth every penny, but wholesale members can get them at cost. ($74.50) Even though dōTERRA is an essential oil company, this is their #1 selling product. It is definitely on my desert-island-must-have list.
Those are my top 3 ways I am being less of a work-out wimp. What are you trying?