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

 


6 tips to start running by Marius Hordijk

Marius Hordijk is a model and most people recognize him as the face of the Hugo Boss Bottled advertising among other high-end modeling gigs. He is freelance writer and loves running. These are Marius Hordijk's 6 tips to start running.

"So, how do you stay fit for modeling work?"  This question has been posed to me many times over the years, and now seemed like as good a time as any to answer it.  Here it is: I don't stay fit for modeling work.  I stay fit because I enjoy it; I like breathing outside air, and I like having the private time to think for a while.  Basically, I stay fit for me.

What I do to stay fit is simple: I run, and am currently training for my first triathlon.  I have been a steady runner for about two years, and don't worry, the triathlon is new for me too.  In this first issue I will stick to expanding a bit more about running and, more importantly, how to get started with running.

Why would you run?  In answering this, I will stick to why I run.  Running is the ultimate way to get or stay in shape and be outside.  Anyone can do it, and you can do it whenever you please.  All you need are good shoes (I'll get to that) and a bit of time.  It doesn't matter what shape you're in, though this does decide on how much you'll run in the beginning, and you don't need a special set of skills to do it.  A basic understanding of putting your left foot in front of your right, or your right foot in front of your left, whichever you prefer.

Starting running, just like starting anything new, can be difficult.  A lack of understanding about the equipment, where to go, and how far to go can stop you from running for quite some time, so I thought I'd make a list for starters.  Let me just say quickly that I am not a trainer, I am not a health professional, and I am basing everything on my own running experience.  I am nothing more than a running model. If that didn't scare you, please keep on reading.

Tip 1

If you have tried to go to the gym on a regular basis many times, but you can't seem to get it right: get out of the gym.  Do it now.  Forget about the gym.  It is costing you money, it gives you feelings of failure for not going enough, and it is not doing much for your health.  Relieving, isn't it?  Now, hold this money that you're saving in your hand and go to tip 2.

Tip 2

Buy good shoes! Go to a good store (personally, I have had pleasant experiences with Run2Day) and buy proper running shoes.  There are many top brands for running such as Mizuno, Brooks, Asics, or Nike, and they can advise you what is good for you.  If you just start running on old shoes, athletic shoes, or clogs, you increase your chances of getting injuries (especially on clogs).  Don't worry too much yet about having the rest of the running gear, that can be an investment you do gradually.

Tip 3

Get a running measuring system. Nike Plus, Garmin, whatever floats your boat.  It is very stimulating to be able to see how your running is developing and to see the amount of kilometers increasing.  Without a measuring system, it can feel like your running goes to waste and using one of these systems can give you a nice proof of hard work.  I personally use Nike Plus, and some friends and family are using it too, which makes it even more fun.

Tip 4

Start slow.  Go easy.  Hardly anything is more important than curbing your enthusiasm in the beginning.  There are two main reasons for this:

Health. Many people start full of excitement, but the problem is that their body might not be sharing this enthusiasm.  Your legs and feet and the whole body actually need time to get used to this new terror that you are inflicting upon it.  Start slow, and don't push it.

Motivation. Think about it, if all of a sudden you have the goal of running four times a week, you will get tired really soon and it will become more difficult to put those shoes on really quick.  Instead, if you pace yourself in the beginning, you might even feel upon return that you didn't do much.  What better way to stay motivated than to want to go running the moment that you return from your last run?

So go slow.  Go easy.  Start running two times a week and don't run too far.  Depending on your level of fitness, start with going for an extended walk or an easy run for a couple of kilometres.

Tip 5

To improve your running there are many things you can do without actually running.  Sounds like a good idea, no?  Here are some thoughts:

Stop smoking. No need to explain that one any further.  Just knock it off.

Try to be careful with your alcohol intake. It is very tough and demotivating to go running with a hangover.  Been there, done that, and I'll probably do it again, and it sucks.  It's like running with concrete shoes on, while there is an angry rugby team punching you in the head and the gut.

Try to be careful with your eating. This is a point I am still trying to understand better, since it is quite complicated (please do remember I am a model, I get overwhelmed fast).  I actually hope to get some advice from Lonneke and the rest of her crew.

Tip 6

Try to find a pleasant place to go running. For me, it is always important to not find any traffic lights along the way so I don't have to stop somewhere.  Secondly, I love being in a bit of nature, or at least the illusion of it (with this I mean city parks; It's quite shocking to run in Central Park and feel like you're in the jungle, then take one wrong turn and see 57,497 cars).  Try to find a pleasant place for you.

So here they are, some tips to get started.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is to start enjoying running.  Even if it's hard in the beginning, it will get easier, and it will become more enjoyable with time.  You might even get to a point where you'll feel like you're missing something if you don't run frequently.  But for now, let's just get started.

Happy running!

Marius 

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Runner's World cover Marius Hordijk
Runner's World cover with Marius Hordijk in 2013

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012.
This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com in 2012. Updated in 2019.

OYL Circle of Five by Joey Holthaus

Here I was, getting ready to go onstage... to supposedly convince and inspire thousands of people... to get unified and to fight the prejudice... you know, that I couldn't even inspire seven dancers. - Madonna TRUTH OR DARE, 1990

Do you know that feeling when you want to change the world? When you want to inspire people? But you can’t even inspire yourself sometimes?

That’s how I felt a while ago. I was lost. I didn’t know what to do. How to begin. How to get the energy again.

My life changed in 2013

Let me tell you about the months in my life in mid-2013 as a lot changed for me. I resigned my parttime job because I wanted to really focus on my company HAUS OF JOEY. I only want to work as a freelance illustrator. A lot of people around me told me also to quit my job. "Just do what you do best. You can do it! Just focus!" So I did. Without a real plan.

I forgot that I always had a job (since I was nineteen). I always had a boss. I always got my money at the end of the month. I had a rhythm every day: get up, go to work, own your money, go to home, spend some time with my husband, go to my friends, etc. I loved it, but I was also used to it. It was regular. Normal. In control. And I love it to be in control. Cause I’m a control freak.

That all ended. Now I am my own boss.
Now I have make my own plans, my own choices, my own rules, etc.
Now I have to make my own money... Oi!

I started too positive. Too happy. Because I had some money. No worries, right? I took some time to get in my new mood, my new rhythm. And it was hard. It felt like I was in rehab.

It’s always busy in my creative head, and I had to do a lot. But how to start? Where to begin?

And then I thought about one episode of Oprah. Rudine Howard suffered from lifelong anorexia, and Oprah followed her story from 1989 to her death in 1994. When Traci Gold appeared with Rudine (age 29 and 58 lbs.), Traci insisted Rudine could overcome anorexia by taking steps to “fill your mind.” Rudine heart-wrenchingly asked, “But how do you do it?” It changed Oprah’s way of thinking.

That is it. That is what everybody wants to know. How? This is the central question in life. - Oprah

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing myself with this sad story, or the woman who suffered from this disease. It’s all about her question. How? How do you do it? How do you get a succesful business? What do you have to do?

The Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five

I thought about Organice Your Life®'s the Circle of Five. These 5 steps can help you to organize and improve your home, your finances, your career, your health, your relationships, and your good charitable work for others.

Why not start with that? Just to get back on track. So I did.

1. Organice Your Home

I cleaned up my atelier, my work office. Started with my administration, organiced all my old illustrations (hundreds!!!), pictures (thousands!), etc. It took some time but boy, I’m so happy I did it! Luckely my place at home was already organiced!

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2. Organice Your AGENDA

I started reading “Start from Your Heart”, a book about how to start your company in your own steps, with your own feelings. It helped me to get back to basic. Why do I want to get a successful business? What do I want to earn? What are my goals? For now? And for the next couple of years?

I’ve written everything down, and now I have my own manuscript about how to start my own company. And I did it in the way I wanted to do it. It felt so good. Cleaned up my head again.

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3. Organice YOURSELF

I love to take care of my body and mind. But sometimes I need structure to get back the focus. I do not drink a lot, and don’t use any drugs. I’m trying to eat better (step by step, with the help of great Organice Your Life recipes, and I’m doing my exercises again. All at home. Low budget.3-YOURSELF-(1)3-YOURSELF-(2)My schedule? In the morning I start with the sun salutation and after that I do my push-ups, or use some dumbles. I run 3 times a week. It gives me such a nice feeling, and my body’s getting back in shape again!

4. Organice Your RELATIONSHIPS

My situation in 2013

Husband - I married the best man in the whole world! He supports me in everything, and he believes in me. Every Wednesday evening is our night, and we do something together: we’re going to the movies, having dinner outside, take a walk. Such good quality time.

Family - I love my brothers and sister. We talk almost every day (thank God for group whatsapp), and once a while we go out together. Crazy nights!

Friends - My friends are really important to me. I really take the time to visit them, to be around them. Good friends are gold. They give me positive energy and love, and I can really be myself around them.

5. Organice Your GOOD HEART

I’m trying to be a good person. A few months ago I found a wallet on the street. Couldn’t find a telephone number inside, but a lot of his (credit) cards. Found his name on the internet and called him, and he was so grateful I called him. I didn’t noticed the wallet was filled with a lot of money (I did not search for it), but when he came back to pick up the wallet he saw all the money was there (think it was more than 1000 EUR). He wanted to give me a reward. I didn’t want it, but he insisted. He gave me 200 euro (!) and walked away. I was flabbergasted. Okay, I could have all the money if I kept the wallet, but I’m not one of those people. It wasn’t mine and I believe in karma. I know this is just a little thing, but a good heart starts with simple things. Be kind. Be helpful. Be a human.

These five steps help me to focus. Focus on what’s important.

Challenge yourself and try it. It really helps!

Joey


Polite Running

Here's something fun to do while running: as soon as you get to more deserted spots (parks, forest, little roads etc) say hello to everyone. It is so much fun, most city people just do not expect a hello. Or a smile, or a nod. Feeling good? Give them a smile, hello and a nod!

polite running explained

Don't worry that you have weird red spots in your face, you might have a slipstream smelling of sweat, give a smile! Lookin' purple, out of breath? Say hello! Yes, you might terrify some people (especially the ones purposely avoiding eye contact as to not get into a strange stare with a stranger) but mostly, you get a happy 'hello' back. Or a 'hi'. I even received a 'what'up' today.

Polite running. It should be an Olympic sport.

 

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on December 29th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Running in the cold

Minus six degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) on a sunny Wednesday morning. Let's go for a run! Covered like an onion in many layers I walk out, and I don't think I've ever started running so quickly, partly to warm up, partly to try to get away from the cold. I was unsuccessful in the latter. Some moments it felt good, I almost felt warm, until the wind came by and cut through everything I was wearing and made me feel like a running naked dude in a park.

People walking their dogs stared at their dogs when I came by, as if to say 'At least I have a reason' and with the three other runners I saw there was an eye contact that said 'no clue why we're doing this, but it's kinda nice, isn't it?'.

Cold running, I don't think it should be an Olympic sport. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to curl around my heater in foetus position and defrost.

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on December 27th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Stress: How do you deal with it?

Every one gets it: Stress.

Between all the responsibilities we have and all the things we want out of life, stress is understandable. The thing is you need to find a way to manage it. To control it when it gets bad, to not have it make yourself miserable.

I found myself stressing out a few days ago, I had my taxes to take care of and lines to study, my head was overflowing with things I needed to do and achieve. It starting to make me feel sick. I was thinking, this is really unhealthy!

I looked outside the window and saw the blue sky, I decided to put my running shoes on and go outside. I walked all the way to the beach and ran for about 45 minutes along the boardwalk.

The beautiful view of the sand and ocean, the sunlight shimmering, seagulls flying around.

I stopped thinking about the things I was stressing about before, I was just focussing on the pavement, my breathing and the beauty around me.
I felt so amazing after my run and full of energy again!

What do you do to help relieve your stress?


Go for Gold part 2

Now the London 2012 Olympics are over, we have enjoyed over 2 weeks of top sports. We have celebrated the many medals that have been won by hundreds of athletes, and we have honored them in their home countries and cities they come from.

The Dutch Olympic athletes are honored by thousands of fans upon arrival home
The Dutch Olympic athletes are honored by thousands of fans upon arrival home

Every 4 years the Olympic Games are held, this year it was the 30th time. They originated in Greece. In the past years, London has had the Olympics 3 times (one time was cancelled because of World War 2). I wonder when New York can host it... they lost from London this time, but I am sure they will get it at some point!

Sports bring people together. Athletes, but also the people who cheer for them. Countries come together. The world comes together. People get motivated. Their hearts are full of joy and adrenaline. Kids get inspired and might start practicing a sport instead of watching TV after school. If you like the hectic and crazy times of the Olympics or not one thing is for sure: It will make a lot of people healthier. Because when you just work out just a little bit, or a little bit more, it will make you feel better. It will make your blood circulation better, therefore your toxins are released better and you are getting healthier every step of the way.

I remember Matthew McConoughey said once: "break a sweat a day, it does not matter what you do as long as you do something each day" And that quote always stuck in my mind.

So: EVERY TIME YOU EXCERCISE AND BREAK A SWEAT YOU ARE IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH. Go for it!

Next up: the London 2012 Paralympics. These athletes have worked just as hard as their Olympic colleagues, but they also had to overcome a disability. I think all athletes, Olympic & Paralympic, are true inspirations.

London Paralympics Equestrian ad
London Paralympics Equestrian ad
London Paralympics ad
London Paralympics ad

There is one athlete who will actually compete both in the Olympics AND Paralympics at London 2012.  It is Oscar Pistorius from South Africa, the "Blade Runner".  I hope to interview him sometime and find out his inspiration and story... it is amazing that science gave him 2 artificial "legs" so he could not only walk, but actually run and compete with the best athletes in the world. I love science that improves people's lives!

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius, picture from his Wikipedia page.

I am looking forward to these Paralympic Games as well, will you watch? August 29th to September 9th we can!

Love, Lonneke


Wheel of Energy

12,5 degrees Celcius, strong wind and rain, rain, rain. Those were the weather circumstances yesterday at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where the Wheel is spinning. Driving there, I was a bit intimidated by the weather, and the idea of running in a new way (normally I do not play hamster when I run). But as soon as we got there we got greeted with a big hello and an equally big smile from a happy runner that didn't seem to have a dry spot left on his body, and I knew I was about to have some fun. I warmed up on a bike, and hopped in the Wheel with him, where he explained to me he wanted to do a little marathon, but he promised his daughter he'd be back in time for dinner, so he was only doing a half marathon. My wussyness was growing by the minute, with my one hour run...

This friendly runner also explained to me, that especially since the founder stopped running daily marathons out of personal reasons, they're having a pretty tough time keeping the Wheel going. This news, in combination of course with me feeling like a wussy, and the fact that one of my brothers had the luminous idea of sponsoring me per kilometer, I decided to stay longer.

After one hour my friendly running friend had had enough, and I was there alone. No, not alone, I had my sweet wife with me, under her umbrella, in the cold and pouring rain. I was completely wet, getting tired and cold, and actually kind of having a great time. Kilometer after kilometer I was enjoying myself, talking to people that just wanted to say hello, or say good luck, ask what this is for, or tell me I should get inside, because the weather wasn't very nice. The cool thing was, that no matter what people came to ask or say, it was all friendly, interested and nice.

The last 20 minutes of my second hour I was looking at my watch every two minutes, which is never a good sign. I haven't run a distance that long in a while, and I wasn't prepared for it, so I was struggling at the end. After two hours and 23 kilometers, I stopped. I was cold, tired, my muscles in my legs and back were stiff, but I felt like I did what I could for now. I'm happy that now the people that sponsored me can at least really feel like it's been their money's worth!

I am writing this the morning after my run, and since I woke up this morning, I am trying to find one spot in my legs that's not sore. I am still looking. I would like to say a big thank you to my parents, my brothers and their partners, my friends Mark and Niels, Bas Smit, OYL's Lonneke and my wife for the support! More than 400 euro will go to the Wheel of Energy!

As soon as I can stand up without making old-man-noises, I'll let you know.

https://www.uicc.org/events/wheel-energy

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on May 12th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Kate Dillon and the Komera Project

Most of my career as Kate Dillon the model I have spent speaking out about positive body image, but over the years other issues have captured my heart and mind, including global poverty. 

How the Komera Project started

In 2009, I co-founded the Komera Project, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for secondary education to girls in rural Rwanda (Komera means “be strong, have courage” in the official language of Rwanda).  Educating girls is an essential part of breaking the cycle of poverty because educating girls has far-reaching impacts on health and economic outcomes.

I became interested in sponsoring secondary education during a trip to Zimbabwe in 2007.  I was on safari and visited a school in a remote, rural community.  These students impressed me so much – there I was in the finest outdoor activewear while these students shivered in cotton sweaters, shorts, and skirts in the 30-degree weather.  Many of the students didn’t even have shoes!  The teacher had to lead the students in a cute song and dance in the middle of the lesson just so they could warm themselves up in the unheated classroom.

Despite the difficulties these students faced, they were so committed to their studies.  They knew that an education was the only chance they had to transform their lives out of poverty.  One little girl there captured my heart, and I decided to support her education.  Then, in 2009, I met Komera’s other co-founder who had started a grassroots sponsorship program in Rwanda, and the two of us decided to join forces!

The Komera Project was excited to launch the Global Run for Komera.  The week of May 16th  2011, schools, organizations, and individuals all over the world hosted t fun runs to raise money for Komera Project scholarships.   We had a team running the International Peace Marathon in Kigali, Rwanda on May 22nd, and I joined the New York 5K on May 19th – my first race since giving birth to my son!  To learn more or to participate feel free to email me at Kate@komeraproject.org or check out myCrowdrise page!

love, Kate 

Kate Dillon and her son for Organice Your Life Magazine shot by Sterling Pierce
Kate Dillon and her son for Organice Your Life Magazine shot by Sterling Pierce

pictures courtesy of the Komera Project and Organice Your Life


marathon

Running for Charity

marathon A new personal best. I suppose that summarizes properly the half a marathon that I ran with my brother this Saturday. There are other words that could describe the race as well, such as , sun and beautiful sceneries, but I like PR the best. I finished the race in one hour, 41 minutes and 23 seconds! I am more than pleased.

Running for charity

But I do feel like a next step in my running is arriving soon: I would like to try to raise money and awareness for charities, using running and other sports activities. David Gandy and myself are working hard on setting up a very interesting organization along these lines. The two of us have been talking about using our jobs for the good for many years now, and slowly the time is coming for us to act on it. But until that is finalized, I think I could start already trying to get some money together for organizations and causes that deserve it. Also David is working hard on it, training to run the Virgin London Marathon for Oxfam in a month from now. Click here for more information on that.

So, if you can think of any idea for this, please let me know!

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on March 11th 2011. Updated in 2019.