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A New Approach to Being Active

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA



When you embrace a style of activity with free flowing movements, you just might experience benefits that go beyond the physical.

People have been engaging in free flowing movements for centuries, but as a former athlete and a trainer who is often helping people to achieve a very specific goal, the idea of movement without structure is a new concept for me. In our purpose driven lives we are often caught up in following a specific plan with structure and goals, but on a recent trip to China I got to enjoy being outside and simply moving in a way that felt good.

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I was running through a park in Xi’an, China, and people of all ages were congregating in small groups, doing what looked to me like a combination of stress relief therapy, family bonding time and friendship building. It was amazing to see a variety of fun activities taking place so early in the morning.

I’m used to seeing people doing traditional exercises, such as running and cycling, but the activities were different and I enjoyed trying a number of them out for myself. The outdoor activity trend throughout china takes place in local squares and parks. It’s a movement that is supported by the government to encourage people to avoid living a sedentary lifestyle.

The physical gains that you get from doing simple activity, in terms of building cardiovascular fitness level and muscular strength, is minimal. However the mental benefits of movement can sometimes far outweigh the physical. Being active is a great way to the relieve stress and anxiety that comes hand in hand with living a busy life.

If you are someone who has a negative association with exercise, simply getting active may be a perfect starting point for you. The joint and bone health benefits of getting active makes the effort of getting started worthwhile. I believe that some movement is always better than doing nothing at all.

Here are some ways that you can become more active at home or outside.

Dancing: All you need is some music. Let your body move to the beat in a way that feels good to you. Some of the groups had traditional flowing style movements while others were just making it up as they danced. The aim is to move and be present in the moment, enjoying the music and surroundings.

Tai Chi: Tai chi is an art that needs instruction and practice, but once you know the basics you can do it at any time. I was surprised at just how much patience and muscle control it takes to move your body so slowly. It is very low impact and perfect for seniors.

Simple stretches: Find an area and start to stretch. You don’t have to do a specific stretch routine, just stretch the areas of your body that feel tight in a way that feels natural to you.

Waist hoop: This playground classic is great for loosening up tight muscles and it’s very fun.

Footbag and simple ball games: Working on your co-ordination with simple games is a great way to get your body moving.

Hiking and walking: Enjoying your surroundings while walking is a great way to get active in a gentle way. Walking is an activity that you can make easy by taking a stroll or increase the intensity by adding in a variety of terrains.

Following a structured exercise routine in order to achieve specific gains is wonderful, but every now and then taking a break from the competitive and progressive style of exercise is a great way to jump start a passion for a new activity or stop yourself from getting burnt out. Children on the playground have got the art of free flowing activity mastered, but as we get older we tend to be a little more self conscious about what activities we do especially in public, so I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Sr. Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.


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Over a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had probably reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, “Dynamite King Dies.” And also “He was the merchant of death.” This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words “merchant of death,” he asked himself a question, “Is this how I am going to be remembered?” He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

The obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort (“The merchant of death is dead”) and went on to say, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Alfred was disappointed with what he read and concerned with how he would be remembered. On 27 November 1895, at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Nobel signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality. After taxes and bequests to individuals, Nobel’s will gave 31,225,000 Swedish kronor (equivalent to about 1.8 billion kronor or 250 million US dollars in 2008) to fund the prizes.

Alfred Bernhard Nobel  (21 October 1833 – 10 December 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. He was the inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, which he had redirected from its previous role as primarily an iron and steel producer to a major manufacturer of cannon and other armaments. Nobel held 350 different patents, dynamite being the most famous. He used his fortune to posthumously institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. His name also survives in modern-day companies such as Dynamit Nobel and Akzo Nobel, which are descendents of the companies Nobel himself established.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same. So that we can leave a Lasting legacy for others to take along while journeying through Life.

What is your legacy?
How would you like to be remembered?
Will you be spoken well of?
Will you be remembered with love and respect?
Will you be missed?

It All depends on the Actions You are Taking. You Can Rewrite your History and Leave a Pleasurable memory for all to keep while you are gone into Eternity.


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VIDEO: Inspiring a community through good nutrition

Meet Nancy. She’s a former preschool teacher who became her own boss. She’s a wife, and a mother to 4 great children. She’s also a driving force helping change the lives of those in her community. Nancy is an independent Herbalife member and this is her Herbalife journey.

17 years ago, Nancy made what she calls her “best decision”—she began enjoying Herbalife nutrition products. Then a pre-school teacher, Nancy was looking to lose weight and become healthier. She decided to give Herbalife Nutrition a try and began using Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix and to exercise regularly. When her colleagues and friends saw positives changes in Nancy, she soon started selling Herbalife products part-time.

It was around that time she met her husband, Ruben, with whom she runs her Herbalife business. Like with any small business, Nancy and her husband worked tirelessly and endlessly to achieve success. A successful endeavor that allowed her to dedicate herself full-time to her family, leaving teaching behind.

One of Nancy’s favorite elements of starting her own Herbalife business is that the flexibility of her schedule allows her to be a full-time mother. She’s able to drop them off at school in the morning, accompany them on field trips, and help them with their homework. Simply put, being an independent Herbalife member has given her family quality time.

Just as Herbalife products brought results to Nancy, Nancy has been able to help change the way her community approaches nutrition. Running a nutrition club provides people in her community the opportunity to eat better, and embrace a healthy, active lifestyle. Her nutrition club is a place where neighbors come together, get support and enjoy good nutrition.

A family, a business, and positive impact — Nancy’s Herbalife story has many positive elements. And she wants people, including her children, to know that hard work is crucial to success and to building a life that works for you.

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394Hast Du dich mal gefragt, wen die meisten Menschen bewundern, wen sie “anhimmeln” oder wen sie gerne um sich haben würden bzw. kennenlernen möchten? Meinst Du, das sind die “ganz normalen” Menschen? Oder sind das nicht doch die leicht “Verrückten”, die “Besonderen”, die etwas Besonderes aus ihrem Leben machen, die “Aussteiger”, Ausswanderer usw. !?
Ich denke Letzteres, nicht wahr? Oder warum wird wohl zumeist in den Gazetten nur über STARS, Sänger, Schauspieler, Königshäuser usw. berichtet… und nicht über den Büroangestellten, Beamten oder Verkäufer “um die Ecke”…?
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If you can imagine it, you can become it. If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
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Wenn Du es Dir vorstellen kannst, kannst Du es werden. Wenn Du es träumen kannst, kannst Du es erreichen.
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Fitness motivation: 12 reasons to work out today! by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Fitness motivation: 12 reasons to work out today!

by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA

Fitness motivation: 12 reasons to work out today!Are you struggling to find some fitness motivation this week? Is the idea of squeezing into that outfit or adjusting your belt buckle to a smaller hole not giving you the motivational push you need? If you’re looking for some reasons to get in shape, then here are 12 reasons to get you motivated today!

As the holiday season gets closer, we may all need a little bit of extra fitness motivation to help us stay focused with our health goals. I talk a lot about the internal health benefits associated with leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Improved health is the primary reason we need to exercise and consume a nutritious diet. We are often easily motivated by our external appearance, but it’s always changing—especially as we age. It feels like we have to work twice as hard and be twice as disciplined to get the same results that came so easily when we were younger. Change is something we all have to accept, our body is continually changing both internally and externally but your desire to be healthy should never change. 

12 reasons to work out today

1: Heart health: Engaging in cardiovascular activity is good for your heart. Your heart is a muscle and pushing it to work hard a few days each week may help to improve your cardiac output. If you engage in cardiovascular activity on a regular basis, you may lower your overall resting heart rate, which is good for your health long term.


2: Glowing skin: When you exercise, you increase the blood flow around your body. Your post workout glow may not last all day, but you may look more radiant right after your session. If you’re lucky, the healthy glow will make you look and feel great.

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3: Improved posture: Exercising on a regular basis may make you become more aware of your posture. As you gain body confidence and movement awareness ,you become more conscious of what feels right for your body. Slouching may become a bad habit of the past. As an extra bonus, good posture makes you look taller.

4: Less aches and pains: If you have sore and stiff joints that are caused from sitting down all day, moving more often will help to alleviate that stiffness. Joints that are immobile tend to get sore. Once you’re moving on a regular basis, you improve the range of motion, and movements of everyday living become easier to perform.

5: Improved body composition: When you make exercise a part of your lifestyle, you will start to notice changes in how you look and feel. You may lose excess body fat and gain lean muscle mass, which is not only great for your appearance, but it also helps your body to become more efficient at burning calories. A body with a high percentage of lean muscle mass requires more calories just to sustain itself than a person of the same weight who has a higher percentage of body fat.

6: Feel happier: Performing physical exercise can make you feel happier in your daily life. One of the reasons for this is that your body releases an increased amount of endorphins when you’re active. Endorphins are your body’s natural happy hormone. You may also feel happier because you’re taking good care of your body. This sense of accomplishment can often make you have a greater sense of wellbeing.

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7: Control your weight: Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain and help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn.


8: More energy: Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. When you exercise, your body must deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues to help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. When your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily tasks.


9: Boost brainpower: Working out on a regular basis may help to improve your brain function. Various studies have shown that cardiovascular exercise can create new brain cells (neurogenesis) and improve overall brain performance. Studies suggest that a tough workout may also increase levels of a brain-derived protein (known as BDNF) in the body. BDNF is believed to help with decision-making and higher learning.

10: Less stress: Exercise may act as a temporary diversion to daily stresses. When you’re exercising or having fun doing activities, you’re generally not thinking about the things in your life that are difficult. Taking time out of your busy day to focus on yourself can reduce the feeling of stress. Less stress can also help with weight loss because many people eat unhealthy foods to combat stress.

11: Meet new people: Exercise provides an opportunity for social interaction that may otherwise be lacking in your life. Starting a new activity can help you find a new circle of friends or provide you with a healthier opportunity to reconnect with old ones. So often, we go to out to eat to socialize but doing an activity is much better for your waistline!



12: Better sleep: Being active can help to improve your sleep habits for several reasons. Exercising raises your body’s core temperature. As it cools back down to normal, it can help you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep. Because activity can help to reduce your stress levels, drifting off at night may become easier.


There you have it—my top 12 fitness motivation reasons. I can think of a lot more incredible reasons to stay fit and continue to work out, but I’d like to hear from you. Share your favorite fitness motivation tips in the comments section.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife




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