Friday, September 26, 2014

Meet Adriana Christians & Amy Gertz

Hey Everyone! Hope all everyone's week is swell. I have been doing a lot for my upcoming Oysterfest.  Danielle has been on fire this week. She has posted some really interesting things about wellness and how exercise has affected her life. I hope someday soon I will have the time and energy to put a little more focus on my health. I have been so busy and stressed lately that thinking about my overall health has been a bit exhausting. 

Since I don't have the time or energy at the current moment to put into exercising I thought I would feature two ladies who have made exercise a big part of their lives. Both Amy and Adriana have always been active and put priority on staying healthy. I work with Adriana at Meritage and she is absolutely amazing. She runs everyday even in freezing temperatures. She has also always been interested in natural health and we often swap wellness advice at work. She is currently training for the Twins City Marathon which will be held a week from Sunday. I would love to take a moment and wish her and all the other runners good luck!

The second woman I would like to introduce to you is my cousin Amy. From horseback riding to skiing she has always been active. She is a mental health professional that puts a strong emphasis on using unconventional outlets for stress and keeping yourself grounded. She is embarking on getting certification in Equine TherapyEquine therapy is the discipline of using horses as a means to provide metaphoric experiences in order to promote emotional growth. In the past year she has been working and studying hard to meet her goal and outside of it she has been using yoga as a way to release and stay happy and healthy. 

2006 Twins City Marathon

Meet Adriana

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, how you got into the natural world, where you are from, what you do, some of your favorite foods, etc…

Hi, I'm Adriana.  I grew up in a small town called Beaufort, located in the Low County of South Carolina.  It's on the coast, mossy oak trees and the beach, lots of history.  How I love the ocean. I spent most summers with my dad in Minneapolis.  I have many fond memories of the lakes.  Rollerblades.

Growing up all over, with a family spread across the world, I enjoy all food.  Some of my favorites include boiled peanuts, seafood, fish, arepas, black beans and chocolate.   

2. How did you first get into running?

I first got into running my first year of college.  I had a suite mate at College of Charleston.  A petite Phillipino girl, pre med, cute and unstoppable.  She was a die hard runner.  I was looking for something to replace my lost for team sports.  We starting running together, early mornings.  Squeeze in a 5 miler before class and to beat the heat.  Running on the waterfront through historic downtown Charleston, makes it easier to get out of bed at 6 am.  She helped me buy shoes, helped me get out of bed, i helped her get out of bed.  It was fun and it was a great way to explore the city.  

3. What made you want to train for the marathon?

I was 26 when I ran my first marathon.  Having been distance running for some time and racing in smaller distances, it was time for the ultimate challenge- the MARATHON.   It was the perfect time to get distracted from work and a break up.     A health enthusiast himself, my dad is a runner too.  We signed up for the marathon together.  He is my coach.  We love to geek out over numbers, GPS watches and heart rates.  

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4. What does the training require (the running schedule, etc…)?

My training requires a long run every week, each week progressively 1-2 miles longer.  Longest distance reaching 22 miles.  I also do a speed work out every week too.  And easy runs in between.  

5. What about exercise do you enjoy most and how do you think it affects your mental health?

I really enjoy running the most.  Maybe it's because I am good at it and know it the best. I've been running for over 16 years. It keeps me in shape and I love listening to music and being outside.  It's also accessible when traveling.  I hope to always be doing it when I'm 80.  Maybe just a little slower (and shorter).

           Meet Amy

Amy pictured on the right 2014

1.Tell us a little about you: where you live, what you do, your favorite foods, etc.

 I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist and I currently work on the inpatient unit at United Hospital. I love to spend time with family and friends. Some of my favorite things to do are taking my dog out into nature (as long as there's water he's happy!), cooking fabulous food or heading out for sushi, and going to yoga. I'm currently working on building a private practice focusing on equine assisted therapy!

2. You have always been an active person tell us about your history as an active person.

I've always loved being active, especially when I was younger and could compete in different sports. I've competitively swam (butterfly was my stroke), played basketball, showed my horse on the American Quarter Horse circuit, and skied on a Jr. USSA and high school teams. I also enjoy water skiing, scuba diving, and snow shoeing.

3. What made you interested in yoga?

I've done yoga on and off for about 8 years. This past year I've become very consistent in my practice. I enjoy the fact that I can get a physical and mental workout in one, without worrying about reps and calories being burned. It's difficult to look past the obvious physical benefits that you hear so many people express about achieving through their yoga practice.

4. As a mental health professional, what about yoga do you feel helps your mental health? 

Yoga has really become a lifestyle for me. Through my practice I've found that aspects of my life have begun to shift. Regularly scheduled classes require me to stay consistent with my sleep schedule. My hot yoga classes require me to stay hydrated and eating nutritious foods. The physical practice is stress relieving and energy producing. Yoga has really brought balance to my life.

5. What is your normal routine?

 I attend 3-4 hot yoga sessions a week. I also enjoy a yin class on Sunday evenings. In the summer I would also try to catch a sunrise yoga once a week.

6. What else would you like to tell our readers with your journey into feeling and practicing a healthy lifestyle?

Yoga has been such a positive influence on my life. It's been a while since I've found something so magnetic, that I literally plan my day around it! My physical health has improved, including decreased cholesterol, decreased blood pressure, decreased weight, and increased strength and flexibility. Yoga has been a powerful tool in managing stress and improving my mood. Lastly, I feel so fortunate for my yoga community. It's so powerful to be surrounded by positive, supportive, healthy, and mindful people! Yoga is my favorite hour of the day!

Disclaimer: PRTLIVING (and all of those feature and interviewed) is limited to providing self-help education in natural health matters and advocating of a healthy lifestyle for the sole purpose of sharing personal experiences and historical information about the traditional use of God-given herbs and natural remedies. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease. No medical claims are made. If you have a medical problem, please seek the advice of your medical doctor.
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