I was talking to my mom the other day and told her we are swimming regularly now to get in some low-impact exercise. She questioned me in a perplexed way, “SWIMMING?” I then had to explain to her that we decided to join a gym with an aquatic center in order to get some much-needed pool time. Even though we’re in Alaska, we can still enjoy swimming in the local gym’s salt-treated pool. Caris and I on one of many gym adventures are shown below.
Initially, when we first visited to consider joining, I thought the place was too much facility for us. After all, we are used to gym equipment, a little treadmill/elliptical, and occasional summer swimming. However, this place had all that and more. They even have one of the best detoxing options — a steam room and a dry sauna. Caris and I like steaming, or using the dry sauna, at least once a week while refueling with a Kombucha (fermented tea.) Caris tells me the steam helps her release stress. For any child, much less an autistic child, to have this happen is amazing. I feel like we are sweating out the bad and putting back in the good when we drink our Kombucha simultaneously while steaming. Even though I read about health topics all the time, I wanted to see if there was any evidence I could share with you to support our perception. I discovered a fairly recent article where Assistant Beauty Editor Runa Bhattacharya said, “Both steam rooms and saunas make you sweat, which can help unclog your pores and give your skin a flushed, glow-y look… Saunas use dry heat, which makes your pores release more sweat, while steam rooms have more moisture in the air, which can help plump up your skin…” (D’Angelo, 2011, p. 1). Well, now, this sounds like we’re on to something with this steam/sauna schedule.
Furthermore, the reason why Kombucha is so good to consume at the same time is because it is a probiotic and probiotics can help our immunity. I have also heard that it is great for arthritis and joint issues but according to Krieger (2014) there is no evidence to support these claims. However, based on my experience, it is worth a try if you can get your hands on some good quality Kombucha. I typically buy either the “GTs” brand but I have been branching out and really like the “Brew Dr.” versions as well. I always feel wonderful afterwards and have that “glow-y” skin D’Angelo (2011) mentioned. These two are shown below if interested.
After the swim and steam yesterday, we ended up walking around the neighborhood. It snowed all night through noon, so there was lots of snow all around. One thing I didn’t realize until I lived here in Alaska is that walking on melted snow can be treacherous. When the snow turns to ice… EEK! (Do you remember that commercial where the lady falls and can’t get up? Yes, I do too and I do not want that to be any of my family.) Icey sidewalks aren’t fun when you want to go walking for fun or are simply trying to get from point A to point B. However, snow cleats are a great snow tool and there are many different name brands of these. Fortunately, since I did my homework weeks ago, we were able to walk around in the Subzero brand. So far, so good… I would recommend these to anyone visiting a cold climate prone to ice. I found some that look very similar to ours.
Lastly, I will bid you farewell and leave with some recent pictures we took of the scenery near our neighborhood.
D’Angelo, J. (2011). The steam room at the gym: Does it actually do anything? Self. Retrieved from https://www.self.com/story/the-steam-room-at-the-gym-does
Krieger, E. (2014). Kombucha: Is it really good for you? The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/2014/10/28/7ba5f68a-5ad6-11e4-8264-deed989ae9a2_story.html?utm_term=.6d7a848bbbf9