10 good things about working out

I think a lot of people are like me: I don't really like working out. I did it a lot for a long time when I was actively modeling, but since I retired from fulltime modeling and discovered I have an autoimmune disease called Hypothyroidism aka Hashimoto's Disease,  I have no interest to test my limits anymore. But when you get older, you realize your body is telling you something: you need to move your body to stay healthy! So here are 10 good things about working out.

10 good things about working out

  1. The number 1 reason most people start working out: You get in better overall shape and can lose weight. Your fat gets used for fuel for your muscles. It is a really good reason to start working out, because people who are overweight have higher risk of a range of health problems like stroke, high blood pressure and (Type 2) Diabetes.
  2. You get better muscle tone, and a better body image. Your metabolism increases, and processes in your body can work quicker and better.
  3. You get rid of toxins stuck in your body. Each day you consume many toxins. Whether in the food and drinks you take in, the skincare and makeup you put on your body, to the air you breathe. Your liver has a hard time getting rid of it all. There are a few ways to do that. Through breathing, and going to the bathroom, but sweating is a very good one too. And when you work out, you sweat more!
  4. Your skin can get better. Due to what I named at nr. 3 you get rid of dirt and toxins through your skin when you work out, and unclog potential pimples.(Wash it off quickly after work out, so the dirt doesn't stay on your skin which can clog the pores again) Also, it supports good processes in your skin like skin rejuvenation and releasing stem cells which can make you look younger a study found. Sounds good to me!
  5. When you work out, your quality of sleep will get better too. Not only because you are tired from working out, but your body has de-stressed during a work out,  and therefore gives you a more peaceful sleep.
  6. Working out activates your thyroid, which can relieve hypothyroidism and other auto-immune symptoms in people suffering from hypothyroidism which influences your whole body. The problem is that when you have an under active thyroid, you have no energy to do anything at all. And sometimes working out heavily has a reverse effect on your well-being. That's why it is important you gradually increase workout, with the help of your doctor, and possibly medication.
  7.  Working out seems to work against high cholesterol. You activate everything and your body seems to eliminate the cholesterol. So this is something serious to consider when you want to lower your cholesterol, besides starting a healthier diet.
  8. The one thing that starts you up every day is your heart. Some daily cardio work out increases your heart rate and helps you getting your heart in better shape, and increasing blood circulation throughout your body. The heart is a muscle too that needs a workout once a while too to keep it strong and healthy. Even walking up and down the stairs until your heart rate goes up (which I do) is a good way to do cardio.
  9. A work out increases your stamina, which helps you get through a busy day at work or at home with your kids physically and emotionally. Also, when you work out, you are also better prepared for traumatic situations like a disaster or an accident. I hope you don't get into one, but if you are in good shape, your recovery time and chances to survive are much bigger.
  10. Working out starts off MANY feel-good chemical reactions in your body and brain. Working out regularly makes your brain release chemicals like Serotonin and Dopamine which contribute to you feeling happy. It is very likely you will feel very proud and good about yourself after you have finished a good work out, and when you start to see results. You just have to start doing it!

My current exercise routine

I personally do not run as much anymore but I do still think about these 10 good things about working out all the time! I am more of the "long walks" kind, especially with my dog Bane. This because I noticed my autoimmune disease flared up after a work out. For me it is better to do a less strenuous exercise like walking, biking, swimming and Pilates and move around enough during the whole day. Every person has a preferred exercise and that is great as there are so many options to move your body!

Lonneke and Bane at the NYC Farmers Market in Union Square

Track your work out

My husband gave me a "smart watch" which counts my steps, measures my heart rate, and checks my sleep. I can see the difference before and after a work out. It can help you too living a healthier life with more healthy work outs. There are many different good ones available, but I like my Fitbit watch.

Organice Your Life choice: Fitbit Inspire HR Heart Rate & Fitness Tracker, One Size (S & L bands included), 1 Count

I also check my heart rate and blood pressure by my own blood pressure  monitor.

Organice Your Life choice: Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor; 2-User, 200-Reading Memory, Backlit Display, TruRead Technology, Bluetooth® Works with Amazon Alexa by Omron

Mix a work out with household choirs

I get water bottle deliveries every few weeks, and we use this to do some light cardio by carrying them up the stairs to our apartment.

Also doing house work is a great way to be active too. Some activities make you sweat, like vacuum cleaning, lifting boxes and furniture, and window washing.

Be inspired!

I hope my 10 good things about working out motivated you to start, just like it did with me! There is no excuse to not work out in one way or another, there is always time, you just have to MAKE TIME to work out. Start before it's too late!

And if you need new running shoes, check Brazilian top model Carolina Fontaneti's article on how to find the right running shoes.

Let's all live a long and healthy life together :)

Love,

Lonneke

Lonneke Engel running 2

 


5 truths about losing weight

A LOT of people want to lose weight or stay in shape, because in modern society it is considered beautiful to be thin. I don't necessarily agree. I think there are many different body types in the World, and only a HEALTHY body is pretty to me.

My 5 "secret" tips to stay in shape or for losing weight:

1. Eat Wholesome, Fresh, preferably Organic Foods

Cook yourself so you know what goes into your mouth. Avoid as many additives and prepackaged food products as possible. Check Organice Your Life Recipes for yummy recipes!

READ MORE: organic vs. non-organic fruits and vegetables

2. Do not go on a Diet, but make a Lifestyle Change

Eat 2 or 3 good meals a day! It is a myth that not eating helps you lose weight. It might help a little bit in the beginning as your intestines are empty. But the moment you do eat, your body is so eager to hold on to the nutritious elements as your body is afraid you are not going to eat again and not have enough energy at some point.  If you go on a diet you are deregulating your natural body rhythm of eating, digesting, absorbing essential vitamins and getting rid of the "waste" in the end. This is hurting the health of your body. Therefore it is important that when you decide you want to lose a few pounds, you keep eating regularly but change your eating habits to only eating the right healthy foods for you (these are different for each person so you have to find out what foods work best for you). Losing weight costs energy and you need to get that right energy from eating food. Again: NOT EATING DOES NOT MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT OR KEEP THE WEIGHT OF IN THE END. PERIOD.

3. Drink enough Water

When you want to release excess toxins out of your body, drinking water helps to do this faster. People are recommended to drink at list 1.5 liters of water a day, or more, but make sure you don't drink too much (drinking too much water has minerals move out of the body without replenishing them, and this is very dangerous and life threatening even believe it or not. Some minerals your body can't do without). The best is to test the water you are drinking, and check for the amount of minerals in that water. The more good minerals are left in your drinking water, the better. We are looking for water with at least  140 micrograms of residue. More is better.

READ MORE: Why you need to drink enough water each day.

4. Be Happy & Do Not Stress

It is said that stress makes you gain weight. Or even worse: make you crave bad foods! So do enough fun things and delete the stress factors out of your life. Make sure your bills are paid, you don't forget appointments, make your house a happy place, have memorable moments with loved ones, and take enough time a day to enjoy your life and relax: sleep, meditate and do fun things!

READ MORE: Mind over Body, the cortisol effect. (about stress & gaining weight because of it) >

5.  Move Your Body

Maybe this is the most important one. The places in the World where people are considered to live the longest, and also the healthiest in a recent study - the so-called "Blue Zones" - all have something in common: they people there are constantly in motion. They collect food, cook, care for their family and keep working until a very old age. Pension? no way! They keep moving their body.  But not in a drastic way. Doing hardcore fitness are not always the right way to go. Energizing, calming movements like Yoga and Pilates can work too. At least we all agree that sitting behind a desk or something each day is just not what humankind was made for. We need to move. So the more you are busy during the day running around (maybe after your kids?), doing house choirs, working in the garden or working out, the better!

Enjoy and remember: love your body. Maybe that is the best way to get to the perfect shape you want. You are beautiful when you are healthy, just Organice your life!

Love, Lonneke


Interview with Infinity, Multi-Platinum Grammy Award-Winning Producer

I am so excited for the chance to interview the talented multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producer, Infinity, who is credited with hits for Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Lupe Fiasco, Bow Wow and Omarion, Chingy, Raven Symone, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Ciara, Melanie Fiona, Jacob Latimore, and many more.  Most notably, his first placement was "Take Me As I Am" for Mary J. Blige, which quickly shot up the Rnb/Rap charts to #3 and to #1 on Adult AC.  This hit led to his Grammy award winning album "The Breakthrough,” the opportunity to work closely with Atlantic Records to craft the smash hit for Lupe Fiasco's LP, "1st and 15th" album, "DayDreaming.”  His latest accomplishments include "Shattered" from the Backstreet Boys’ newest album, "Echo", and "Banging the Headboard" on R. Kelly's album "Untitled.”

Hey Infinity! So…tell us about yourself - your background and how you came to be such a successful multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning producer.

I’m a Sagittarius for starters! (born December 2nd)  I was born in Connecticut, and moved all around from Florida to Atlanta to my home now - LA.  I’m really laid back and down to earth. On the music side, I've been producing for 7 years now. I started off playing drums at the age of 4. I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, i.e., The Beatles, Yes, The Who, & Squeez. Somewhere in between the 14 years of me playing everything but urban music, I made the transition to the urban world when I moved to Orlando at 16.  From then on, I just worked to perfect my craft, and in 2005, I got my first official placement.

So you’ve had a very successful career as a music producer.  What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far and why?

My first ever placement led me to win a Grammy.  It was for Mary J. Blige's "Take Me As I Am.” The album won a Grammy for best R&B album and sold over 4 million copies worldwide. Prior to this placement, I ran into so much drama with all types of people in the "business" who said they could take my career higher.  So I think this was important to me because when I got this song placed it made me feel like everything before happened for a reason.  I had to jump over a few hurdles. All this nonsense that I went through turned out to be a huge milestone for my career.

You definitely lead a very busy life.  Can you tell us what you try to do to keep healthy and fit even though your job requires you to work long hours in the studio?

It’s been tough over the years to keep a consistent and healthy lifestyle while being in the studio anywhere from 12 to 18 hours a day. That being said, I had to start making sure I watch what I eat, and when I eat.  Studios are known for junk food!  It’s about understanding the consequences of eating at 2 am. What really helps is that I bought a BBQ grill for the studio. I eat mainly grilled chicken and chicken dogs (way better than beef or turkey).  Now I just have to learn to hit the gym four times a week!  If I can do that I’ll be in great condition, ha!

Good luck!  Try not to stay so late working at the studio, or actually early mornings, at 7am!  Thanks for sharing with us.  We really look forward to seeing more of your stuff in the near future and hearing of your success!

Read more about dj Infinity (real name Jordan Suecof)

first published in 2012


healthy living is easy: 5 tips

Healthy Living quoteA healthy living is not difficult! As long as you know a few simple rules to live by:

Whatever you put in your body or on your body makes you the way you are, and makes you feel the way you feel.

1. Your diet should consist of mostly fruits, vegetables,beans, grains & seeds, and from local suppliers when possible. (yes, that means focus on your vegetables as the main item in your breakfast, lunch or dinner, not as a side dish.) Buy your produce as much organic as possible. If you think that organic is too expensive, choose the fruits & vegetables that have the thinnest skin (and will probably absorb the pesticides the most) or are known to have the largest amount of pesticides on them organic, and the others non-organic. This way you save 50% or more of your daily chemicals-intake. (you can check the list of fruits and vegetables that are considered the "dirty dozen" by the Enviromental Group, keep checking this list as it changes a lot. And follow this Group as they have a lot of interesting information for a healthy living for you and your family). Local food is just fresher and has less carbon foot print due to less travel.

healthy living quote

2. Eat less meat and fish. And if you do, eat organic meat, and eat sustainable fish with a low mercury level. I am not saying never eat it (although for some people it would be better for their health) But there are some serious environmental problems going on with meat production and fisheries. But make sure you replace with vegetable proteins if you decide to avoid meat and fish at all. Us beings need protein to live. There are many great vegetarian proteins on the market like hemp, brown rice, pea, alfalfa, spirulina, soy to name a few. Pick the one you like the best.

Meat issues: bad living conditions cattle, too much use of growth hormones and medication.

Fish issues: Overfishing (taking all marine life out of one spot at once by using big nets with a lot of by catch), fish farming where fish get additives in their diet (like corn and other things they don't really eat)  + too much metal & plastic pollution which the fish eat, like mercury. Remember: the bigger the fish, the higher their mercury levels probably are.

 Too much animal protein is considered to be bad for cardiovascular & heart health, as well as cholesterol, and other unpleasant illnesses. It does not hurt to eat it a little less, and the money you save with that, use to buy organic meat and/or other animal products. And on top of that, meat production has a huge carbon foot print compared to the production of organic vegetable crops. So it is better for you, and for the environment.

3. Remove chemicals from your life. Be conscious of what you put on and in your body! My rule:  Read. What. you. put. in. and. on. your. body! All those amazing make up and skincare products like shampoos and deodorants,  and vitamins you see on the shelves of your supermarkets, drugstore or pharmacies... but that it is for sale there doesn't mean it is that good for you in the long run. Meaning: it might make you look and feel great now, but the ingredients maybe can harm you later on. Read labels and ingredients on the back. A lot of names you can't pronounce and chemicals means: a lot of bad stuff in or on your body. Use medication and vitamins only when your doctor told you to do so, and use organic only products on your body. Because remember: what you put on your face or body can be absorbed by the skin and get into your bloodstream and organs. So be wise what you put on it. This also counts for clothing. These days a lot of clothing and shoes are made with many chemicals, and if it can get on your skin, it can get in your skin.  I also use filtered my water to avoid as many chemicals in my life.

I buy as much as possible organic shampoos, skincare, deodorants, skincare, makeup, food, clothing, water to avoid unwanted toxins and chemicals in my life.

4. Consume less, live more: choose to buy products you really need only. It is better for the environment and for your wallet. If you want to have more, it costs more and you have more responsibilities and worries. But if you don't buy stuff, and only buy quality products if you need to, you will likely be exposed to less chemicals (see above why that is so important), own something that lasts longer,  but also you will have more time to spend with loved ones!

Consume less live more

And try to find vintage and antique stuff. It is made better usually and already has proven itself.

5. Be fit. Don't sit behind a computer all day! Get up and walk, and exercise daily. Relax and enjoy. We don't believe in intense strenuous exercise, but daily moderate exercise like walking, biking, running, yoga, fitness, pilates all work! I even like jumping on a trampoline. The places in the World where people live the longest, the so-called "Blue Zones" are all areas where people are moving all day, and mostly just around the house doing daily tasks like cleaning, cooking and growing food to eat. It doesn't need to be intense, just move your body!

Healthy living is no trend, it is a way of life.

Love Lonneke


Interview with Corey Stanford, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blazetrak.com

Corey Stanford, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blazetrak.com, tells us about his successful online-based platform, which links the general public to established industry experts and celebrity talent, his healthy and green lifestyle, and his favorite charities.

So tell us about your company.

Blazetrak is an online-based platform that provides video access to the world’s top professionals in the areas of music, fashion, tv/film, sports, business & lifestyle.  It is the first website that allows you to get directly in touch with established industry experts and celebrity talent – and be guaranteed a direct video response.  Blazetrak has a roster of 400+ professionals utilizing the platform including Big Boi, from the Grammy Award-winning duo Outkast, Edyta Sliwinska, formerly with “Dancing With the Stars”, Tyson Beckford, Ralph Lauren Supermodel, Mathew Knowles, World-Renowned Music Executive, Tara Conner, Miss USA Winner, and Darren Sharper, of the New Orleans Saints.

We, at Organice Your Life®, promote a healthy and organic lifestyle in all areas of our life.  What do you do to stay healthy?

I workout six days a week, which includes taking a Zumba class, completing a Kukuwa Dance Workout, a strength-based session at the Firm Studios, playing basketball, and swimming. In addition to working out, I eat a well balanced meal on a daily basis, with the exception of Friday’s. I generally splurge with pizza on a Friday.

Does living a healthy lifestyle carry over into your work? Do you let others around you know the benefits of eating organically and being green?

Living healthy is not only part of my work; it’s a part of my life.  My wife is a physician and a workout fanatic. She continuously encourages me and leads by example. I frequently hear stories of her patients who end up in the hospital due to a poor lifestyle choice. Many of the complications she faces with her patients could have easily been avoided if they lived a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes we run to medicine as the solution when ultimately, the solution may be as simple as changing your diet or being physically active.  Instead of just telling my colleagues, associates, and friends the benefits of eating organically, or being green, I demonstrate it.  I walk to the grocery store. I carry my green shopping bags. Sometimes, I even post my grocery list on Facebook and Twitter.

As a very busy executive, what are the major drawbacks that you see regarding living a healthy life?  How do you overcome these? 

The major drawback is definitely traveling. It’s very difficult to maintain your balanced nutritional plan, when the only food selections around you are fast food restaurants.  To overcome this challenge, I typically pack FiberOne Bars and apples in my suitcase. It’s pretty amazing how full you become eating those two items. I also generally purchase a grilled chicken sandwich from a fast food restaurant. I have to admit, at times, I do succumb to the combo meal. However, I pay for it with an intense workout afterwards.

What are your healthy living secrets?

My healthy living secret is to partner with someone to stay healthy. Without my wife, I would have a difficult time. It can be a spouse, companion, friend, colleague, or associate. Encourage each other to eat healthy. Plan workout dates or even report to each other what you have done, good and bad. It really helps.

Do you have a favorite charity? What kind of charity have you been involved with?  Tell us about your charity.

My favorite charity is Rosie O’Donnell’s, Rosie’s Theater Kids. Rosie’s Theater Kids is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. Using professional teaching artists, Rosie's Theater Kids provides instruction in dance, music and drama and a professional theater experience for children who might otherwise not have the opportunity. Blazetrak has supported this organization through in-kind donations, including capturing some of their highlighted moments on video (http://vimeo.com/29853752). Blazetrak Co-Founder Nathaniel Casey sits on the Jr. Board of Rosie’s Theater Kids as well.

Blazetrak has also recently become a premium sponsor and has partnered up with event producer Faisal Al-Juburi, who has assembled a consortium of not-for-profit organizations – including Friends In Deed; God’s Love We Deliver; Hispanic Federation; International AIDS Prevention Initiative; The NAMES Project Foundation; and Rosie O’Donnell’s Rosie’s Theater Kids - to serve as beneficiaries of funds raised at a gala event to be held in New York City during the week of World AIDS Day. This event, centered around a staged reading of QUILT - A Musical Celebration, will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the AIDS crisis and the 25th anniversary of The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. A large scale viewing of portions of The Quilt is also planned to coincide with the reading, curated to reflect panels made by and/or for New York City artists in the fields of theatre, music, and fashion.

Lastly, we’re also working with Blazetrak Advisory Board Member, Candice Cook, who has connected us with several global organizations. She is assisting us with developing a solution to integrate our technology with the non-profit sector, to spread awareness and receive donations online via our platform.