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  • HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's the simplest of Beauty Secrets, but we often underestimate how important a good night's sleep is on our body and our well being. 

    "One of the most crucial anti-aging tools is sleep," says Integrative health coach and nutritionist Lisa Rado of RADO Nutrition. She tells her clients that stress is a huge deterrent in getting quality sleep and that often our bodies adapt to chronic, low grade stress in our everyday lives. She recommends a specific blend of supplements and vitamins to clients based on their individual issues.

    Check out 5 more reasons you need get more rest... 

    1. Be Happier and Have Some Fun Today

    Your mood and overall "experience" in the course of your day is most impacted by having good, restful sleep. You simply will not Have Some Fun Today when you've had a bad night's sleep. Experts agree the ideal amount of sleep is 7-9 hours each night. Clinical research shows we are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when we are not sleeping long enough. Good sleep, good vibes. Good vibes, good day. That's how you HSFT

    2. Glowing & Radiant Skin

    It's called beauty sleep because it makes you glow! A recent study in dermatology found that people who consistently log 7-9 hours each night had a better reaction recovering from ultraviolet light exposure on their skin. They also showed fewer signs of aging. Drink plenty of water. Get your sleep. That's the secret... 

    3. Your Body Needs a Re-boot

    So much is happening internally when we rest. Our body re-sets and recalibrates. "Proper sleep is the magic hour for everyone. This is when our body repairs, rebuilds, restores and refuels on a cellular level for the next day," says Lisa Rado, of RADO Nutrition. She says that when we fix and restore good sleep, it's a game changer for the body with how we manage stress, fatigue and overall health. 

    We create a molecule that strengthens our immune system while we are asleep. Our blood pressure and cholesterol lowers. Cellularly and muscularly, our bodies are rebuilding and getting charged up for the day ahead. Sleep is also the way our body regulates and controls our appetite. When our sleep patterns are off and irregular, it can mean weight gain and other health issues. One study of 500 participants that was conducted over 13 years found people who frequently slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight! It really reeks havoc with our natural systems when we don't get the shut eye our bodies truly need. 

    4. Kick More Ass 

    We are more focused and energetic after a full night's rest, so there's pretty much nothing we cant 't do. We retain information better, learn and listen better, and generally are more productive. We look better and feel better when we get good sleep. And we definitely can make time to HAVE SOME FUN TODAY! You can't conquer the world when you're "ass-dragging" tired.

    5. A Better Booty Call

    Getting a enough sleep is actually crucial for our sex drive. Both men and women create testosterone when they sleep, and when you're not getting enough rest, it lowers libido. So if you wanna get jiggy with it, make sure you've got a date with your pillow (our HSFT pillow is perfect!) for at least 7 hours every night. 

     

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves a good night's rest...

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  • It's the first day back to the grind after the holiday festivities and it may take a little more to get us going today. Instead of slugging down four cups of Holiday Blend from the Santa mug that hasn't made it's way into the box with the reindeer plates, try something more soothing and healing that will warm you up and get you moving.

    Time for Tea

    Start your day with a boost from tea rather than coffee and you'll do way more for your body and your state of mine. Drinking caffeine throughout the day is thought to be deranging to our sleep patterns as well as a host of other functions in the body. Craving a cup of warmth and comfort throughout your day? Skip the java jolt and take time for tea. We love to sip tea from our Have Some Fun Today mug for long days in the studio or when we're working at the computer.

    True tea comes in black, oolong, white and green and is derived from the Camellia Sinesis plant. Tea has long been known to be full of antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols. What that really means is there's a chemistry to that tiny tea bag, steeping in your cup. It's full of healing properties and health benefits.

    Green tea has been proven to lower cholesterol. Amino acids and antioxidants in all tea give it high marks for reducing inflammation, aiding metabolism and digestion, and increasing heart health. Polyphenols are thought to inhibit cancer growth and increase neurological health. There's a laundry list of diseases and ailments that tea is thought to support the body in preventing and fighting. It's like an insurance policy in a tea bag!

    Many herbal teas have no caffeine so they are safe to sip all day long. Even caffeinated tea like a black tea or an oolong have less caffeine than a coffee counterpart. Herbal teas are often blended with specific herbs and plants for everything from better sleep and digestion to helping with stress and colds. Traditional Medicinal's has a line of teas including Digestion Aid, Throat Coat, Nighty Night and Breathe Easy. They're inexpensive and easy enough to find at your local grocery store. 

    Lovely Lemons

    Now this is an easy recipe for good health. Grab your HSFT mug, (that's a great way to remember to Have Some Fun Today!) and before you reach for the coffee or your morning smoothie, fill with hot water, and squeeze in a few lemon wedges. Sip. Voilà, you've just given your body the biggest boost to seize the day ahead. 

    Starting the day with hot water and lemon before you've put anything else into your body offers a myriad of amazing health benefits. Lemons are full of things like magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, and pectin fiber. So drinking warm lemon water gives you a hydrating boost, balances your pH, nourishes the skin, reduces high blood pressure, aids metabolism and cleanses the liver. And that's just the half of it. Easy peasy, Lemon Squeezey. Yes, please!

    It's all how you choose to Have Some Fun Today and sometimes good health can be as simple as making better choices. Good health means good vibes. And good vibes mean having some FUN every day. Live. Love. Wear. Share. And take a sip to your health!

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who loves a good cup of tea 

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  • 5 Fabulous Reasons You Need More Sleep

     

    1. To Be Happier and Have Some Fun Today

    You can't wake up and Have Some Fun Today when you've had a bad night's sleep. Experts agree the ideal amount of sleep is 7-9 hours each night and we all know how bad it feels when we don't get enough rest. Clinical research shows we are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression when we are not logging enough Zzzzzs, so it just makes sense that it feels better when we're rested. Good sleep, good vibes. Good vibes, good day. That's how you HSFT

    2. Glowing & Radiant Skin

    A recent study in dermatology found that people who are good sleepers and generally get their 7-9 each night had a better reaction recovering from ultraviolet light exposure on their skin. They also showed fewer signs of aging. That's why they call it beauty sleep! Drink plenty of water and get your sleep and you'll keep that youthful glow to your skin.

    3. For Good Health 

    When we sleep, so much is happening internally. It is a "re-set and recalibration" for our body. We create a molecule that strengthens our immune system while we are asleep. Our blood pressure and cholesterol lowers. Cellularly and muscularly, our bodies are rebuilding and getting charged up for the day ahead. Sleep is also the way our body regulates and controls our appetite. When our sleep patterns are off and irregular, it can mean weight gain and other health issues. One study  of 500 participants that was conducted over 13 years found people who frequently slept less than seven hours a night were 7.5 times more likely to be overweight! It really reeks havoc with our natural systems when we don't get the shut eye our bodies truly need. 

    4. To Kick More Ass 

    More focused and energetic after a full night's rest, there's pretty much nothing you can't do. You retain information better, are able to learn and listen better, and generally be more productive. And you definitely know how to HAVE SOME FUN TODAY! You can't conquer the world when you're yawning and looking for your lattè.

     

    5. A Better Booty Call

    Getting a enough sleep is actually crucial for our sex drive. Both men and women create testosterone when they sleep, and when you're not getting enough rest, it lowers libido. So if you wanna get jiggy with it, make sure you've got a date with your pillow (our HSFT pillow is perfect!) for at least 7 hours every night. 

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who likes her 8 hours of sleep

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  • How Drinking Water Can Make You Happy

    At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, our simple philosophy and brand mantra means to capture each day with open eyes and an open heart. We try to see the beauty all around, find the FUN by being open to life and the possibility around us, every day. You can't do that if you don't feel your best. Something as simple as drinking water and keeping hydrated can ease tension, fatigue, muscle cramps, aid digestion, help kidneys detoxify the body, and sharpen our brain function.

    Drink up, Beautiful

    We all know that water is essential to our survival, we need it for our body's basic functions. But when we shortchange our body the water it needs, it directly affects how we feel and how we look. Studies vary on how much we should drink, but it's common knowledge most of us don't drink enough. Some experts suggest that we should drink at least half our weight in ounces. So if you weigh 140, you'd drink a minimum of 70 ounces of water daily. 

    Drinking water is the most powerful tool we have in our beauty arsenal. Hydrating the body feeds the skin and skin is our largest organ! Drinking enough water gives us improved texture and skin color and helps promote cell regeneration. When we don't drink enough, our skin will literally show it with dull, dry skin and more pronounced wrinkles. 

    I'll Drink to That

    Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can alter mood, decrease memory and reduce brain function. Make it a habit to take your water with you. We are never without our HSFT water bottle, (part of our new gift line on the website!), which fits perfectly in the gym bag, purse or car drink holder. When we feel good, we do good, and share good. It's infectious. So grab your water bottle and get happy.  Never underestimate the power of feeling your best. Cheers!

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  • Lisa Austin Lelm is one kickass woman. A former nationally ranked triple jumper from the University of Texas, Arlington, and the former track and field coach at UNLV, she has made fitness her passion and her life. For the past 18 years, Lisa has worked as a personal trainer to help bring her love of fitness and health to her clients. Her clients include an impressive list of professional athletes from tennis players, to pros in football and basketball. If it's about fitness, chances are Lisa can train you in it. She works as a Crossfit Coach, Yoga and Yoga Sculpt Instructor for Core Power Yoga, Master Trainer for the Core X System, and an indoor cycling and pilates instructor. We caught up with her between her busy teaching schedule and getting her yoga training and asked her how she stays balanced and how she likes to HAVE SOME FUN TODAY.

    What is your personal Mission Statement?

    I wholeheartedly care about the experience of individual and group fitness that specializes in strength, conditioning, exercise, and athletic performance. Through coaching instruction of private, group, sports conditioning, cross training, indoor cycling, yoga and sculpt classes, I aim to assist those who want to explore the possibilities of physical fitness as the way it relates most to what they value in their lives. I bring an intent, interest, and desire to uncover the unique way for individuals to adhere to a program that best suits their needs as an exerciser or an athlete. 

    What inspires you to create the life you life?

    I am inspired by people who have an intense dedication to the things they value the most. I truly appreciate when I get a chance to connect with those who freely live through their hearts and share what they feel lies deep beneath the surface. I think, when people share how much they love what they love, it is the gift that cannot be judged or competed with. I am blown away by the potential of this because of the possibilities that human feeling can reach. Sharing of the soul can resonate loudly with one person, a wave of change can unfold and I'm excited to know the implications of this possibility.

    What helps you Have Some Fun Today - each and every day?

    The best way I have fun everyday, is finally being an adult with an immense appreciation of quality downtime. I love walking my dogs to a coffee shop, listening to music that I may use in a class. Taking time to connect with a family member or friend and having a meaningful conversation swells my heart to a point it could burst. My client sessions have been sometimes therapy for both of us. I learn so much about what we both care about. When they share their hearts, it's like a momentary look at the being that is under the sweat and sometimes tears. 

    Do you use any daily disciplines or practices to energize you?

    My practices vary daily, but I have recently been involved with cryotherapy at Cryowave in Manhattan Beach. It is a recovery treatment that I use to help me feel my best after classes and training sessions. It reduces bodily inflammation that comes from muscle soreness or a other stressors on the body. It can help with pain reduction in irritated muscles and joints. I go to cryotherapy 2-5 times a week. I practice yoga and recently completed my 200 hour yoga training. I don't lift as often or heavy as I used to, but I understand the importance of maintaining a strong body and now lift 2-3 times a week for sustainability. 

    What is one piece of advice or words of inspiration you live by?

    Live by a standard of grace rather than perfection, acknowledge the unique and wonderful differences in human value and support all beings with where they presently are on their journey. Unapologetically, I practice this as often as I can, yet stumble and learn from each opportunity. More gifts! 

    For more info and to connect with Lisa, find her find on Facebook at facebook.com/lashady1

     

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