Running and the Runner’s High: Truth, or Myth?

Many of us have experienced running, either in the most glorious of times or in the worst of times. Running helps us get to places on time if we are late, it sometimes makes us feel better, and it overall seems to have positive effects on our lives.

Running can also be negatively viewed, being torturous exercise on the legs and body, hard on the knees, and does not always feel so good!

The question we must examine is if the runner’s high is real. In case you do not know what this feeling is, you can find it here:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Runner’s-High

After examining a WebMD article, it states that while endorphins and the natural release of dopamine plays a slight role in this “high” feeling, the rhythmic aspect and duration of the run plays a larger role. Probably the biggest factor the author noted was the repetition of exercise. Chief science officer Cedric Bryant (PhD for the American Council on Exercise) states that by repeating running (or any other aerobic exercise) on a normal basis, you can perform in a repetitive rhythmic fashion, and that seems to produce the “high” effect.

Bryant continues:

“Whatever sport you choose, another piece of good news is that you don’t have to push your limits to reap a reward. The other thing that is encouraging is that workouts don’t have to be overly strenuous to produce this [high] effect,” “Most research has looked at running and cycling and so forth, but when you look at some of the studies that have been done in the clinical environment, the key is being active for 30 minutes or more at a moderate intensity level to see some of these beneficial psychological outcomes.”

Source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/runners-high-is-it-for-real?page=1

Overall, we can conclude that runner’s high is not necessarily a drug but more so the ACT of repeating physical movement on a standard basis.

Be good to yourself and get your runner’s high today! Weather in Seattle is looking ideal for the next 10 days (cloudy, cool(er)) to be outisde– so get out and have fun!

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

magnoliainsurance@comcast.net | (206) 284-4886

3424 W. McGraw St.

Seattle, WA 98199

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Is Marshawn Lynch opening up?

It looks like Marshawn Lynch might be approaching his last year as a running back. Also known as Beast Mode, Lynch continues to perform better than ever, getting his longest touchdown run of his career last season (79 yard run, known as Beast Quake 2.0), and still performing as one of the top 5 tier running backs in the NFL for total rushing yards and average carry per rush.

Apart from Beast Mode’s sheer running skills and capabilities, one of his biggest pet peeves is the infiltration of the media. We all saw last season and the previous, cameras and reporters putting up microphones and not able to get a response. However, during the 2015 Super Bowl, we saw a little change when Skittles interviewed Marshawn Lynch:

Perhaps the interviewers asked clever and funny questions they were able to get responses from Beast Mode. But more likely, Skittles fuel the running back, and without them, he might not be with us today.

However, after this commercial, Conan O’ Brian was able to get Marshawn on his show several weeks later:

Even better, Conan set up a mini-end zone full of Skittles for Marshawn Lynch to jump into:

On a side note, Lynch did make a special appearance for a Japanese TV station in 2014, trying various Japanese candies:

Whether it was the Skittles, Conan, or clever interview tactics, Marshawn Lynch has undoubtedly opened up to the media since previous seasons. He enjoys spending time with the family, kicking back, and not dealing with a large audience. Ultimately, no one will determine what Lynch will do — if it’s all about that action, that is all that matters for Seahawk fans.

What do you think about Beast Mode and his recent openness to the media? You can let us know by contacting Magnolia Insurance Agency.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

magnoliainsurance@comcast.net | (206) 284-4886

3424 W. McGraw St.

Seattle, WA 98199

Summer, Seafair, and Clowns: All offered at your local insurance agency

Believe it or not, we are already more than halfway through August, and Summer is coming closer an end! The Seafair extravaganza has settled down, and boaters are trying to cherish their last water excursions on the lake. It surely does not feel like the end of summer with this warm weather, but if you haven’t noticed, lately, after 5pm, it has been rather chilly in Seattle!

Speaking of Seafair, we have our very own clown in the mix. For over 30 years, George Anderson Jr. has been participating with the Seattle Seafair Clowns. Although these clowns are known to be in Seafair, they also entertain thousands of guests at local parades, festivals, and concerts. This group is made entirely of volunteers, which undoubtedly portrays the passion of culture and entertainment among these participants.

According to “seafairclowns.org”, the group spends over 125 hours at Seafair alone to entertain guests. Travelling all over Seattle, they make extensive trips and efforts to make their presence known (just by looking at their online calendar from July, they range from 4-8 events a day during Seafair, lasting around 10+ hours a day!).

In addition to their local entertainment, the Seafair clowns participate in neighborhood community service. For those that cannot attend special events, the clowns make trips to hospitals, nursing homes, care centers, and charities just to brighten ones day.

The Seafair Clowns Foundation is a non-profit organization, and can always accept donations. You can show your support to this historic tradition by clicking the link below:

Source: http://www.seafairclowns.org/

At Magnolia Insurance, we are more than just asset protection. With busy lives outside of insurance, our agents know what it is like– especially with hectic schedules and inflexibility. Even with a day off, schedules can get out of control. If you ever need a break or happen to be walking past the village, feel free to stop by Magnolia Insurance – we would love to talk with you about anything, anytime.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

magnoliainsurance@comcast.net | (206) 284-4886

3424 W. McGraw St.

Seattle, WA 98199

Transitioning: What is Insurance all about?

When the thought of insurance runs through our mind, most of us think of it as a long whirlwind to go down. Insurance to many is viewed as a maze– once you get in, you will not know how to get out. In reality, Insurance behaves in the opposite fashion– it is supposed to work with your lifestyle.

As one advances in their job opportunity and acquires more assets, they often have to expand their insurance policies. For example, when one graduates college, they are often not as economically stable, and simply cannot afford large amounts of insurance. From this conclusion, we can infer that their most important assets – car and health, are top priorities. In addition, most college grads prefer to live away from home, and need to rent an apartment or living space. From driving, to living, to basic health, one will only need auto insurance (basic coverage), health insurance (in case health concerns arise), and renters insurance (to cover assets in rented condo, apt., etc.). When one is able to afford a home, they can look into homeowner’s insurance and drop the renter’s insurance. Insurance is a process that adjusts accordingly with your life, and it is important that you stay up to date about the right insurance by talking with your insurance agent.

The problem with current insurance (in America) is that it is not depicted as a simple process. Moreover, large insurance companies do not make the insurance experience understandable to their clients; they only gain interest by their special deals and offers. In reality, clients don’t know what they are getting their hands into– they do not get proper knowledge from multiple standpoints about the coverage of their insurance policy. Many clients are so uninformed about insurance that they may be paying too much for their premiums without even knowing about it!

This problem brings us to the importance of sticking with a local, personalized agency. By talking with an agent (especially by going into the agency itself), you can obtain a much better understanding of insurance, what certain insurance policies offer, and what you are gaining and missing. Agents help you find the best quality deals that are suitable to you and your needs, whether it means finding an inexpensive policy, a large coverage policy, or something in between. Either way, insurance agents really try to get to know you, and will go out of their way to be kind, respectful, trustworthy, friendly, and knowledgeable.

At Magnolia Insurance, we warmly welcome you to come into the agency any time, just to review your policies, know what each policy covers, stay updated on the news, or just talk with us! We often supply complimentary coffee and pastries– you can stay updated on these social events by finding us on Facebook and Google Plus.

If you have any other questions or comments, you can always contact us at Magnolia Insurance Agency.

Sincerely,

Magnolia Insurance

magnoliainsurance@comcast.net | (206) 284-4886

3424 W. McGraw St.

Seattle, WA 98199

70% of People who Live Past Age 65 will Need Long Term Care

We have partnered with Highland Capital Brokerage to offer customized solutions for Life Insurance and Long Term care. Whether you need life insurance for family protection, estate planning or business continuity, we have options that will fit your needs.

Long Term care is close to the hearts of each one of us at Magnolia Insurance Agency. Each one of our parents is in a Long Term Care situation that would be critical if they did not have the insurance. Not only does Long Term Care Insurance protect the family assets, but more importantly offers options for their dignified care. There is a solution for every family, for every need and for every budget. We would love to speak with you to see if we can help you provide Peace of Mind for your family!

– Toni Matous CPCU, CIC (Cell: 206.228.5898, Office: 206.284.4886)

Toni@magnolia-insurance.com

3424 West McGraw Street, Seattle, WA 98199, USA