Welcome to the DIY blog for EnRgize4life. I am Ragan Clark and I’ll be your DIY guide. Today I want to share a couple of tips to help you weather the winter and keep your New Year’s Resolution to exercise more.
As we age, our bodies do not naturally lubricate our joints as well as they used to. The joints can become stiff and even painful to move or bear weight. This process can be hastened if an injury has occurred. But fear not, there is help that does not include injections, surgery (and subsequent recovery time), or medications that can have side effects all their own. Natural solutions are simple and, if applied with education and common sense, can even save you money.
One simple, cost effective solution is exercise. I know, it hurts, it’s hard, you’re out of shape, you don’t even know where to begin, and all the other excuses you are thinking right now. All you have to do is get off the couch, out of your chair, off the computer (after you’re done with this light reading) and start walking. Enjoy a stroll around your block and meet your neighbors. Enjoy a nature walk to a local park, take your kids and play with them, if you have them. This is a very easy way to start. Then you can work your way up to the gym membership you will actually use. If this isn’t possible in your current health situation then start with walking outside of your home, or inside your living room, down the hall, or pump your legs to get them moving.
A great way to reduce pain and stiffness in joints and muscles is a warm up, stretch well before and after exercise, and cool down when you are done. The warm up is crucial to ready your muscles and joints for the strenuous activities ahead. Think of them as a plastic bag full of water; when frozen, the bag is easily broken with minimal force, but when warmed, it is more pliable and harder to damage. Your muscle fibers and tendons are the same way; they should be warmed up amply to avoid tearing and damage. Stretching after your body is warm will give you the most benefit. After you exercise you must cool down and stretch again before sitting or lying still. This will allow your muscles to release the lactic acid that has built up as a result of the exercise so they don’t become stiff, cramped, and painful. It’s a way to aid your body naturally, cleansing the waste materials from your joints and muscles.
Sometimes we need to give relief to those joints and muscles with a little outside help.
I use a roller bottle blend of my own making for joint support.
In a 10 mL glass roller bottle, mix the following:
20 drops of PanAway
10 drops each of Cypress, Copaiba and Peppermint
Top with a carrier oil, like V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, and roll on!
To help those muscles, especially the day after, you can take that roller recipe and add extra carrier oil and turn it into a massage oil. This is really amazing to use all over your body when you are starting out and building your strength and endurance.
Once or twice a week, I like to soak in a tub of hot water and Epsom salts. The magnesium in the salt soaks into your skin and aids with the release of waste products and the regulation of water pressure in your whole body. Adding a few essential oils to the mix enhances the muscle relaxing qualities and gives you an added benefit of raising your vibrational frequencies. I love using Black Pepper (10 drops to 1 cup salts), Peppermint (5 drops per 1 cup), or a mix of Peppermint and R.C. (5 drops each to 1 cup). Mix the oils and Epsom salts well before adding to your bath water and enjoy!
Enjoy this winter season the healthy way this year. Good food, good water, good friends and good exercise. You’re body will thank you now and next season and you won’t regret it!