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3 No Cost Ways to Work Out Naturally

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

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Lake Tahoe in winterWant to live healthier, longer, and happier? At no cost? Then follow the advice from Annie Get Your Gun by “doin’ what comes naturally.” The following activities are all free – preservative free, fee-free, carefree! Look to nature and your body’s natural, internal pharmacy to get you across the fields of dreams. And take a look below at the short animoto video I created for you of healthy blue stuff. You’ll feel younger just watching it! If not, play the video backwards. Then go out, laugh, and breathe!

Get Out of Here, Ya Hear?

1.Annie Get Your Gun Exercise outside when you can. Getting outdoors to move enhances both your mental and physical health. If you doubt this, ask any dog who ever heard the word “walk time.”

Dogwalk with Kila at fence

Bark, Breathe, Pose, Run, Repeat (27 times)

A related Fun Fit Fact: People who live near or on coasts tend to be more physically active compared to inland dwellers.  Those fortunate to have ocean views (actually any blue water works), also report being happier than people without access to blue spaces. One theory is that gazing at the ocean triggers the brain to release dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin. We post-menopausal women know all about hormones, especially the mood elevating ones, right?

Remember to Laugh; Laugh to Remember

Alexandra in catwoman glasses

She’s been making me laugh ever since I can remember. That Alexandra!

2. Add humor to your workout. Another great natural life source is laughter.  Not only does laughter act as self-produced medicine,  but also it is proving to help memory.  The stress hormone, cortisol can cause brain damage. Cortisol negatively affects both memory and learning ability, especially in older adults. This raises the question, “can laughter, which reduces stress, therefore improve memory?”

Turns out that, yup — lower stress leads to better memory. You saw that coming.

Breathe Right with the Left

At Tenaya with mask in soap class

Breathe, just not too deeply.

3. Take half breaths for a whole life. Really looking to keep your memory in high drive, and not idle as you age? Then try a special breathing technique just after your humor boost. When you forgot which aisle you parked your car in, or why you entered a room, kick into left nostril breathing. That’s right, just the left! Block or press shut your right nostril and inhale through the left. Exhale. Repeat. 27 times. Let’s hope this works as you have to remember to count as you breathe!

According to researchers, left nostril breathing creates a restful and alert state of mind that activates nerve endings of the parasympathetic system.  That is fancy talk for “reducing stress.”

For you smarties and thinkers who are always a step ahead (and that would be all of you who subscribe to our blog), you probably already thought of something. What if you combine all three activities? Run, walk, jog, mosey outdoors with a person who makes you laugh as you count up 27 left nostril breaths. Then get back to us in the comments to report what happened. Join the nature movement; free membership!

And take a look at this very short animation.

Work Out Naturally

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Health Benefits of Adaptogen Herbs and Supplements: Adapt-tastic!

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Ever heard of adaptogens and what they do? We recently caught wind of them, so asked longtime Fun and Fit supporter and herb expert, Sara Beth Watson of Kroeger Herb Products (aka Hanna’s Herbs) to fill us in. Her reply was so helpful we asked her to share it with you in a guest post. Can you sense her excitement? (Read to the end to to enter a giveaway).

Guest post by Sara Beth Watson

Ah, herbs. You’re so cool, especially adaptogens, which offer so many benefits. Clearly I’m excited to talk about these little bad boys in capsules so let’s just get adapt-tastic, shall we?

Adaptogenic herbs have been used for thousands of years worldwide and are only now really gaining momentum in the west as we begin to accept herbs as medicine and not just as flavoring. Schizandra, Ginseng, Licorice Root, and Rhodiola are examples of adaptogens. Each adaptogenic herb is unique to a specific organ or bodily function. And each performs under the umbrella of boosting the immune system.

Getting to the (Licorice) Root of what Adaptogens Can Do For You

When we’re learning to deal with things, we’re adapting to them, which is what adaptogens help us to do really. As our bodies adapt to our surroundings, we become less sick, fatigued, and stressed. And that’s just the bare bones of what these amazing herbs can do. Overall, adaptogens are subtle rejuvenators. If you are trying to improve your sleep, alertness, mental acuity, or resistance to illness, for example, these herbs will help. We are not always talking dramatic change, but a general uplift. (I’m not sure if you can tell but I’m really trying to calm down as I am typing this because, legitimately, I’m in love with adaptogenic remedies).

Rhodiola is specific to brain and mood health. People who suffer from depression, other mood disorders, or memory loss can look to improve their conditions with this natural remedy. When our company decided to introduce Rhodiola and began formulating our capsules, I bought some from another company to test the effects. After a month I found myself writing and thinking more clearly.

Schizandra is a Chinese berry that has been useful in addressing sexual dysfunction and liver health, mostly in women, though great improvements for Erectile Dysfunction have also been noted in men. Over a year ago when Hanna’s Herbs introduced Schizandra I thought, “what the hey,” and took that to see how I felt. I’m already an energetic, happy gal but I’m here to tell you—I felt like a million bucks.

Yup, you get the scoop here on adaptogen herbs!

Adaptogens can work well for everyone, but the positive effects can become less noticeable over time. Say you decide to take Schizandra because you’re feeling fatigued. After a month you’ll see and feel the difference but after about 3 months the effects won’t be as noticeable. That’s the time to switch to another adaptogen and enjoy the benefits it can provide.

Quite a bit of skepticism surrounds adaptogenic herbs, mostly because of tricky marketers trying to make these herbs seem like a cure-all or a wonder drug. They’re not. You will not experience a miraculous event from taking adaptogens. But people who suffer from mood disorders, depression, sleep disorders, fatigue, social anxiety, sexual dysfunction, or memory loss should notice an evening out or lessening of symptoms. Even fun and fit, happy, adorable, outgoing, brilliant women can benefit from adaptogens!

Ok… I’ll make myself stop there. Hopefully I’ve gotten you interested with this brain dump. I’ve included a link to “Adaptogens—You Never Knew You Could Feel THIS Good” if you want to learn more. Or email me with your questions, as I love answering them (as you probably could tell). sarabeth@kroegerherb.com

Bio: Sara Beth Watson has been part of the herbal world as Marketing and Social Media Director for Kroeger Herb Products./ Hanna’s Herbs. When she’s not researching natural wellness you can find her watching college football, being a vegetarian foodie, or enjoying the Rocky Mountains with friends.

Hanna’s Herbs has been gracious enough to offer 5 bottles of the Anti-Fatigue tablets to five of you! Just tweet out this message: I want to win a free bottle of Anti-Fatigue tablets from @HannasHerbShop via @AlexandraFunFit & @KymberlyFunFit, then leave the tweet url in the comments below. We’ll randomly select five winners on Friday, Sep. 28th. If you want to check out the Anti-Fatigue tablets, click on the ad in the right sidebar.

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