Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Gather your family members, lace up your sneakers, and stroll the neighborhood. Take time to catch each other up on what's new, tell your family all about how you love and appreciate them, and reminisce about past Christmas holidays. Can't seem to fit the walk in during daylight hours today? Bundle up and take your walk after dinner tonight in the dark- the perfect time to check out the neighbors' light displays and see if you can spot Santa's sleigh (wink, wink).
Enjoy your walk and in the words of St. Nicolas himself, "Happy Christmas to all... and to all a good night!"
Thursday, December 23, 2010
- Get your feet moving with some Maniacs (also known as "happy feet" or "fast feet") in front of your child and surprise them with tickles. Name the body parts you're tickling and it turns into a little educational time too.
- Use your arms in a cardio burst and do some Jumping Jacks! Involve your children by counting aloud while you do it... mix it up by counting Spanish, French or any other language in which you can count to 10!
- Is your house a bit on the messy side? Playroom littered with toys? Make it a game! Get low (no rear ends in the air, please!) and Side Shuffle about the room cleaning things up as fast as you can. The result- a quick cardio burst and a clean floor!
- Out for a walk in the neighborhood? Integrate your cardio bursts into your walk. Pick a spot ahead of you and Sprint to reach it- full speed ahead! When you get there return your pace to a power walk or jog and get ready for the next sprint. Have your little ones help you select your next goal... the big tree, the stop sign, or the inflatable snowman in the front yard and have fun with it!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today is day #10 in our 12 Days of (Christmas) Exercises series. Today's exercise, that works the entire shoulder girdle, is Arm Circles.
To perform arm circles, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and arms straight out to the sides (palms up) so that your body forms a "T". Soften your knees, pull your abdominal muscles in tight, and roll your shoulders back and down. Start with by making small circular motions (slow and controlled) with both arms. You can increase the resistance by holding small dumbbells or household items (such as canned goods or water bottles) in each hand.
Do 20-50 circles and then change your circle direction and repeat. For the next set, turn your palms down and do two sets of arm circles (one forward, one backward) to work the muscles in a different way.
Please do not attempt this if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
In quadruped (hands and knees) position, tighten your abdominal muscles and squeeze your glutes (aka: your butt muscles). Simultaneously extend one leg and opposite arm out long, parallel to the floor. Try to hold your body in still, plank-like position from fingertips to toes, with your head and spine in neutral alignment and remember to breathe! Hold the position for 15–60 seconds and then switch sides. In addition to working your transversus abdominis and obliques (aka- ab muscles), this exercise engages glutes, hamstrings, back extensors and your shoulders... a true multi-tasking move and great for pregnant moms!
Please do not attempt this move if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Try a set of 8-10 Butt Busters on each leg and more if you're up for a bigger better burn! Add in the hop if you're up for a bigger challenge too.
Please do not attempt this if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
In Stroller Strides class we do bicep curls using our exercise tubing but if you don't happen to have any exercise tubing handy try using small dumbbells, canned goods from your pantry or water bottles to provide the resistance.
If you're using exercise tubing start with your tubing anchored underneath one or both feet and hold the handles in your hands. For all other "weights"- place one of whatever you're using in each hand and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart or one in front of the other in a split stance. Your palms should be facing forward/up with your abdominals pulled in tight and shoulders rolled back and down.
Squeezing with your biceps, keeping your elbows glued to your side, curl both arms up towards your shoulders, hold for 1 second, and slowly release. Repeat 12-15 times for 3 sets. Keep control of the "weight" at all times. Be careful not to swing your arms or arch your back... that's cheating and you might hurt yourself that way.
Please do not attempt this if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise!
Monday, December 13, 2010
To perform a calf raise, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees soft, abdominals pulled in tight, and shoulders rolled back and down. Squeezing with your calf muscles, raise your heels off of the ground and lower. Use your stroller handlebar, a wall, or another stable object to help you maintain your balance if necessary. Try 3 sets of 12-15 calf raises with a brief rest in between sets.
Want to change it up a bit? Keep things interesting? Try any of the following variations:
- Turn your toes in and perform calf raises in this position
- Turn your toes out and perform calf raises in this position
- Alternate between squats and calf raises
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Place your back against a bare wall and lower down into a sitting position. Ideally (this may be something you need to work up to) your thighs should be parallel to the ground. Press your shoulder blades and head back against the wall and open up your chest. For less intensity or if you suffer from knee pain, don't come down quite so far into a deep wall sit- minimize the flexion of the joint.
See how long you can stay in the position before the burning in your thighs gets to be too intense. Distractions work well for taking your mind off of the discomfort- try singing a few verses of your child's favorite song to them or see if you can stay in your wall sit through an entire commercial break during your favorite show! The more you practice the longer you'll be able to hold it and the stronger your quadriceps will be!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Please do not attempt this if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Lay down on your back, hold both arms above you, and imagine there is a rope hanging down from the sky. Using your arms, pull on the imaginary rope bringing your torso higher and higher off the ground. If you're able, come all the way up to the top, sitting up tall. This is a slow, concentrated contraction for the rectus abdominus.
Slowly lower your torso back down to the ground as you climb down the imaginary rope with your arms. Repeat this movement until you are unable to maintain good control while raising up or lowering back to the floor. The stronger your abdominals get the more you will be able to do!
Please do not attempt this if you have not been cleared by your physician to exercise!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Your tricep is located in the backside of your upper arm. Tighten up your triceps (to prevent unnecessary wiggling) with 3 sets of 10. Make sure to pick a stable chair or bench to use for this exercise- one that will not slide out from under you. Please do not attempt this until you have been cleared by your physician to exercise!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Stay tuned to our blog for The 12 Days of (Christmas) Exercises! Over the next 24 days we'll bring you 12 exercises that you can do on your own to stay fit while you're away. Staying in town? Augment your Stroller Strides workout by doing these at home on days we don't have class! Please don't attempt these exercises if you have not yet been cleared by your physician to exercise.
Our first day will focus on the lower body with a bit of ab work thrown in at the end.... enjoy!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Our December Mom of the Month is Alicia Stephens, aka Court's mom! Alicia moved from Brooklyn, NY to Raleigh in early summer/late spring and starting taking Stroller Strides classes at North Hills in July. She and Court rarely miss a class or playgroup and we love having them around! Alicia's smiles, warmth, and authenticity make her fast friends with all of her classmates.
Alicia recently completed the NYC Marathon in early November and is already itching for another one! She plans to become a certified Stroller Strides instructor in the New Year and will be teaching for Stroller Strides of Midtown Raleigh! We're excited to have you on the team, Alicia & Court! Here are a few more details to help you get to know Alicia a little better...
Hometown - Haiku, Maui, Hawaii
Education - B.A. in Public Policy and Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill
Member since - July 2010
Members of your Family - husband Jon, son Court, dog Edith
Current Career -Mom!
What was your childhood ambition? - to be a U.S. Senator
What does motherhood mean to you? It has completely transformed me and has challenged (in a good way) some fundamental things that I thought I knew about myself. Becoming a mother has enabled me to live in the moment a lot more and to become more conscious of the world that I create for my child.
What is the furthest you have been from home? Lucerne, Switzerland
What has Stroller Strides done for you? Most importantly, it has provided me with a wonderful group of women. It also has strengthened my core and my arms, two elements of exercise that I always neglected before now, and both of which are so important to proper form in long-distance running.
What is your favorite exercise? All of our arm work with tubes around the escalators
What is your proudest moment? Achieving my goal of natural childbirth, despite 24+ hours of labor and 2.5 hours of pushing. Second to that, I am also pretty proud of the various marathons I have completed, despite not being very athletic or sports-oriented during my school years.
What are three of your favorite things (besides your family!)? Everything about my home island of Maui, all beaches, and oatmeal raisin cookies
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us or makes you unique. My husband and I actually got married twice on our wedding day, first in the morning at a tiny and simple ceremony in my childhood church, and then later that afternoon in a civil ceremony with all of our family and friends present.
If we asked your spouse what they think your best qualities are, what would they say? He replied "your determination and your ability to connect authentically with a broad range of people."
Monday, November 29, 2010
How the Grinch Stole Breastfeeding
This parody is attributed to Chuck Dufano, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Johnson County Health Department, Iowa City, Iowa, with thanks to Dr. Seuss. Special thanks to the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance for bringing it to my attention today!
Every Who down in Who-ville liked breastfeeding a lot
But the Grinch,
Who lived just north of Who-ville,
The Grinch hated breastfeeding — no matter what season,
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be, he thought, there wasn’t enough nourishment.
It could be, perhaps, to see it caused him embarrassment.
But I think that the most likely reason above others
Was he thought the Who-kids would love only their mothers.
And the more the Grinch thought all about breastfeeding
The more the Grinch thought, “I must stop this whole thing!
Why for fifty three years I’ve put up with it. Now,
I must stop these Who-kids from breastfeeding…but how?”
Then he got an idea.
An awful idea!
Got a wonderful, awful idea!
“I know just what to do!” the Grinch laughed in his throat.
And made a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat.
And he grabbed a big briefcase with great Grinchy pep.
“In this get-up I look like a formula rep!”
All the Whos were dreaming sweet dreams without care
When he came to the first little house on the square.
He climbed down the chimney while the Whos still slept
Then off to the nursery on his belly he crept.
He took all the bra pads and breast shells.
He took all the bags for expressed milk as well
He took the diaper log and breastfeeding diary
He took the La Leche League book from the library.
In their place he put powdered Enfamil cans
And Prosobee concentrate for soy-formula fans.
Next to it all with a great heavy lug
He placed a gallon store-bought filtered water jug.
“And NOW,” grinned the Grinch, “the last thing to dump
Is the electric double breastfeeding pump!”
And the Grinch grabbed the pump, and he started to shove.
When he heard the small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast and saw a small Who.
Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two.
She stared at the Grinch and said “Santy Claus, why,
Why are you taking our breastpump, why?”
But you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
“Why my sweet little tot,” the fake Santy Claus lied,
“There’s something wrong with the wiring inside.
So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear,
I’ll fix it up there. Then I’ll bring it back here.”
But Cindy-Lou Who started to fret.
“Oh, my Daddy’s going to be awfully upset!
He feeds baby mommy’s milk when she is away,
He does this at least two or three times every day!”
“You mean your Daddy can feed baby breastmilk?”
The Grinch asked Cindy-Lou.
“Oh, yes,” she replied,
And he changes diapers, too!
He gives the baby a bath and they play peek-a-boo.
When mommy’s nursing he brings her a cup of water or two!”
Now the Grinch stood puzzling and puzzling ’til his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
“Maybe breastfeeding,” he thought, shouldn’t make me moan.
“Maybe breastfeeding…perhaps…isn’t mother’s job alone!”
And now that his heart was no longer bitter
He became the official Who-baby sitter.
And to all those who listened to his heeding
The Grinch encouraged breastfeeding!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
In 7 months we have had:
- 95 Stroller Strides classes at the North Hills Mall
- 30 Playgroups at the North Hills Mall
- 7 Moms Nights Out
- ...and countless parties and outings to local attractions!
But Stroller Strides and the Luna Moms Club is not about the numbers! It is about the people... and they are the ones that I am truly thankful for today!
Our group is fortunate to have:
- 1 Friendly and fun-loving (and very organized) Playgroup Captain, Nora Bray
- 1 Creative and tireless Marketing Mom, Emily McIntyre
- An average attendance of 5 moms to 15 moms per class with new moms joining us daily!
- Each other! I truly count all of you as my friends and I hope you feel the same way. It is my joy to power-walk this motherhood journey with you.
- Sweet, energetic infants & toddlers who keep us on our toes and who are growing up in a healthy community of class & playgroup friends.
- New babies on the way... 6 pregnant moms are staying fit and healthy during their pregnancies with us right now!
I'm also thankful for incredible support and encouragement from the Stroller Strides corporate offices and the other 300+ franchisees across the country. Owning a Stroller Strides franchise has challenged me professionally and personally and blessed me more times than I can count. I truly feel that God created this business to serve this community of moms and I'm grateful to be useful to Him in this way. Send me an email if you're interested in learning more about becoming a franchisee yourself! email@example.com
And to top it all off, I'm grateful for the support of my family and friends, the cooperation of my toddler, and the North Hills Mall, the NC Museum of Art, and the many businesses that have hosted or sponsored our activities in one way or another. Thank you all- have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 22, 2010
The holidays are just around the corner... the first feast is just days away. Are you ready to make this year a healthy season? Here are some tips from our Stroller Strides Founding Mother, Lisa Druxman, that can help you get through the party season without putting on weight:
- Know what types of foods will be there and what you are going to choose to eat. Let’s face it; in general, you know what types of foods are on the holiday dinner table. Plan ahead of time which foods are important to you and which you could do without. Choose your favorites but pass on those that are not special to you.
- Don’t go to the table telling people you’re “eating healthy this holiday season”. There’s no need to bring attention to your food choices. People will feel that you are not enjoying yourself or that they should feel guilty about what they are eating. Your host (especially your mom) will be disappointed if you’re not sampling all that she labored over in the kitchen. You’re more likely to have success if you keep it low-key.
- Fill your plate heavily with vegetables, fruits and lower-fat fare. Start your eating with these foods and than eat your favorites. This way you won’t be so hungry for the calorie dense foods. Besides, your relatives and the people around you are only going to draw attention to your food choices if you have an empty plate or are picking at food. This way you are eating, your plate is full, and you are enjoying the foods you’ve chosen. No one should feel sorry for you, including you!
- Don’t say yes to all that is before you. You don’t need to pick at every gift basket that’s left at your desk at work or eat your way through the holiday party buffets. Choose wisely and carefully.
- If you’re cooking, try not to nibble throughout the day. All those little bites add up.
- If you’re cooking, try some new lighter recipes. Use high quality, fresh ingredients and the foods will taste great. You just don’t want to tell your guests that they’re lighter until after they’ve already enjoyed it. We’re predetermined to think that healthy food can’t be good.
- If you’re not cooking, offer to bring a dish. Bring something that you know you can fill up on without the guilt. This Thanksgiving I'm bringing teriyaki green beans... no cream of mushroom soup here!
- Moderate your alcohol consumption because it most often leads to the worst choices. Alcohol will slow down your metabolism and your good judgment. Try a wine spritzer instead of champagne or just try to limit yourself so you can enjoy your holiday fully!
- Have a healthy snack before you go to a holiday meal. Don’t go to a party on an empty stomach. When you get to the party and you’re already satisfied, you’re less likely to eat as a reaction to hunger.
- Get your exercise. Take a walk before or after the holiday meals to get your metabolism going. When you take care of yourself regularly with exercise your desire for unhealthy foods tends to decrease.
- If at first you don’t succeed, don’t throw in the towel. Most of us tend to eat out of control after we give in to that initial temptation. Don’t assume that because you ate a piece of pumpkin cheesecake that you now have to try every type of pie on the table. Accept your choice and than move on.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Here is a healthier version of the standard chocolate chip cookie- easy to make and guilt-less. Not totally guilt-free, mind you... it's still a cookie after all! Bake and enjoy!
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup light cream cheese
1 cup brown sugar (light)
2 egg yolks
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/3 cup wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet (or 2) with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and cream cheese with the sugar until smooth.
- Add egg yolks one at a time until thoroughly incorporated, then mix in the vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients and chocolate chips, then add them to the yolk/butter mixture quickly and stir by hand until everything is incorporated- do not over-mix!
- Scoop dough by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet about halfway through.
- Makes 6 dozen mini cookies.
Per Cookie: 41 calories, 1.7 g of fat, 6.3 g of carbohydrate, 35 mg of sodium
*This recipe was originally printed in a community newsletter from UNC Health Care and was titled "UNC Health Care's Low-fat Chocolate Chip Cookies"
Friday, November 12, 2010
- Jodi O'Brien
- Alicia Stephens
- Jennie Barker
- Sarah Thomason
- Jen Hansen
- Alex Johnson
- Gina Sarant
- Jennifer Anderson
- Shauna Elggren
- Rebecca Perez
- Cathy Gurley
- Sharon Morris
- Krista Welty
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Need a few new stroller exercise moves to amp up your neighborhood stroll? Check out this video clip for some stroller exercise moves and a peak at our founding mother!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1 1/2 lbs lean ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
4 cups fresh spinach with the stems removed, chopped
1 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (I never have this ingredient so I just add extra spinach)
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 large egg white
Kosher salt & black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, combine the turkey, onion, spinach, parsley, bread crumbs, mustard, egg white, and 1/2 teaspoon each of Kosher salt and pepper.
- Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet and form into a 10-inch loaf. Spread the top with the ketchup.
- Bake until cooked through, 45-50 minutes.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Hometown - Bennington, Vermont
Stroller Strides Instructor since - January 2010
Members of your Family - 3 and counting (Me, Mike and Camryn, baby Quinn due in February)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Register for Fall Session II by November 5th and take 20% off of your tuition!
Fall Session II meets on Saturdays at 10am at the NCMA Museum Park in Raleigh. This session runs from November 13th to December 18th with a break for Thanksgiving. Preregistration required- please email Missy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Minimum enrollment =4 so spread the word! For more information please visit our website at www.strollerstrides.net/midtownraleigh.
Friday, October 29, 2010
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup chunky applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 packets of instant apple cinnamon oatmeal (single serving size)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9X5 inch* loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in applesauce, cinnamon and one packet of oatmeal. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Mix in the baking soda and flour. Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining packet of oatmeal.
- Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
They are in the trenches with us and know just what we're going through. Sometimes, though, it can be isolating to be a mom and hard to reach out to other moms for advice. Maybe you don't know any other moms, your friends' kids are too much older or younger, or you're too afraid to ask for fear of looking silly or negligent. We have some blogs and websites you might enjoy reading...
Check out this list of FitPregnancy Magazine's "Best of the Web" list of mom blogs and mom-related websites for some solid advice from all over. Stroller Strides even made the list!
We'd also love to have you and your child(ren) at a Stroller Strides class or playgroup activity soon. You'll meet lots of new moms with kids of all (stroller) ages and make new friends while getting exercise and fresh air- join us MWF at 10am at the North Hills Mall in Raleigh!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Read up on their inspirational training at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/Strollers_put_a_twist_on_marathons_104698784.html
Monday, October 18, 2010
You do not have to be a Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby or playgroup member to win!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
It is amazing... and a little sobering. It makes me think about what behaviors I'm role-modeling to him on a daily basis and which ones I'd like to see him imitate. I've decided that these are some of the things (because this list is a work in progress) that I want him to imitate...
- I want him to know how to exercise and like doing it
- I want him to eat his fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins- and like them!
- I want him to be kind, gentle, generous and patient with his friends, family, and community
What behaviors do you want your children to imitate and how are you going about it? Please share!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 lbs chicken breasts/tenders, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
- 4 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 150z cans of kidney beans, rinsed
- Shredded cheese to taste
- In a large pot, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes; transfer to a bowl.
- In the same (as yet unwashed) pot, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add the apples and onion and cook, stirring, until softened, 6 minutes; add to the chicken.
- In the same (still unwashed) pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour for 1 minute; whisk in the chicken broth and milk until thickened, 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken-apple-onion mixture and the beans and bring to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 30 minutes or so. Serve topped with cheese and enjoy!
- Oh, and now you can wash the pot!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
- Mon, Oct 11th, 10am: North Hills Mall or Crowder District Park
- Tues, Oct 12th, 10am: Lake Johnson Park
- Wed, Oct 13th, 10am: North Hills Mall or Crowder District Park
- Thurs, Oct 14th, 10am: Lake Johnson Park
- Fri, Oct 15th, 10am: North Hills Mall
- Sat, Oct 16th, 10am: Crowder District Park (FAMILY CLASS--Dads welcome too at no additional charge!)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
- Visit an elderly neighbor
- Visit a children's hospital
- Deliver Meals On Wheels
- Work at a food bank
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Years ago, women were told to decrease their physical activity during pregnancy. Now, we see that this may have contributed to the obesity epidemic. Almost all experts now agree about the numerous benefits of exercise during pregnancy. We know that it lessens or alleviates almost every discomfort of pregnancy. It helps create better childbirths and healthier babies. Yet, many pregnant women are still uncertain about how much exercise is safe and often feel it is better to abstain. Recent studies indicate that it is the doctors who are most likely to influence how much or even if their clients exercise during pregnancy. For this reason, I hope that doctors realize their tremendous responsibility in educating their clients about safe prenatal exercise.
Interestingly enough, the approach for exercise prescription for pregnant women does not differ much from that of non-pregnant individuals. Women who didn’t previously exercise can begin exercising during pregnancy so long as they start slow and build up gradually. I would recommend the same to someone who wasn’t pregnant! Of course, you should check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Here are some good recommendations for a woman experiencing a healthy pregnancy:
- Exercise most if not all days of the week.
- You should exercise approximately 30-minutes per day.
- You can participate in most physical activities. Of course, you should evaluate risk of falling or abdominal trauma in a sport (and Scuba diving should be avoided).
- Heart rate is not reliable for determining exercise intensity. Instead use a talk test or an RPE (rate of perceived exertion) scale.
Orginal article by Lisa Druxman, Founder of Stroller Strides.
Fit4Baby class registration is now open! Email Missy at email@example.com to register or for more information!
Friday, October 1, 2010
Jennie is one of our "Founding Mothers" and has been with us since our very first class. Rarely missing a class in 5 months has had a dramatic effect... just check out Jennie's workout-mom physique and big smile in class one day!
We're all fortunate to know Jennie as a classmate and friend! Here are a few details to get to know her even better...
Hometown Tecumseh, Michigan
Education Eastern Michigan University, BSN
Member since Um... the beginning :) (april 2010)
Members of your Family Rob my husband and of course Christian
Current Career RN
What was your childhood ambition? To see my name "in lights". It wasn't Nursing or to be a mom... it's funny where life takes you!
What does motherhood mean to you? EVERYTHING
What is the furthest you have been from home? I lived in Arizona for 6 months.
What has Stroller Strides done for you? Helped me fit back into my pre-prego clothes! I never knew how much I needed exercise until I started doing it consistently and I never did it before Stroller Strides.
What is your favorite exercise? Abs and arms
What is your proudest moment? Graduating from college, it took me a long time and not a lot of people in my family have done it.
What are three of your favorite things (besides your family!)? Reading, shopping, and now exercise!
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us or makes you unique. This is a hard one...I danced ballet and jazz for 7 years.
If we asked your spouse what they think your best qualities are, what would they say? I asked him and he said, "patience". I need a lot of that around here.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Did you always picture your pregnancy to be the time where you could finally have an excuse to stop exercising and eat for two? Unfortunately, you need to erase that picture. Pregnancy may be one of the most important times of your life to exercise. The benefits go to both you and your baby! First off, exercise alleviates or lessens almost every discomfort of pregnancy. Isn’t that reason enough to keep exercising?
What we won’t do for ourselves, we will do for our children. Research has shown that the babies of exercising mothers are born healthier, have less body fat at birth (this is a good thing), are calmer and may have cardiac benefits of a lower fetal heart rate. Basically, when mom exercises, the baby gets similar benefits from the training.
Here are some tips to get started:
- Visit your doctor or midwife to get the "all clear" to exercise... just to be on the safe side!
- Look for a prenatal exercise class when possible just so you know your instructors are specially trained. Of course, we would love to see you at one of our Fit4Baby classes!
- If you weren’t working out, start slowly and build up gradually.
- Drink enough water. While this is true for the non-pregnant population as well, it’s important for the baby’s health that you stay hydrated.
- Listen to your body. While exercise is safe, it is important that you don’t overdo it and don’t get overheated.
- Be consistent. Being inconsistent with your workouts can be harmful to your baby. Your workouts may change but you do want to maintain a level of fitness throughout your pregnancy.
Original article by Lisa Druxman, Founder of Stroller Strides.
Fit4Baby class registration is now open!
Please email Missy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
One word for this fall family favorite- YUM! Great for all ages and hubbies like it too! I think this was originally a Paula Dean recipe because it calls for full-fat ingredients like whole milk, butter, and whole milk cheeses. But you can use the low fat versions of all of these ingredients and it still tastes great!
Butternut Squash Lasagna
- 3-4 cups of pureed butternut squash (steam it, peel it, and mash with a fork to make this puree- freeze any extra for later use)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- Pinch nutmeg
- 3/4 cup (lightly packed) fresh basil leaves (or cheat and use the tube of basil puree from the store like I do... usually kept near the carrots and bags of salad)
- 12 no-boil lasagna noodles
- 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- Melt the butter in a heavy medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, whisking often, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg. Cool slightly. Transfer half of the sauce to a blender. Add the basil and blend until smooth (note: if you use the basil puree you can omit this step and just stir it in to the sauce). Return the basil sauce to the pan and stir to blend. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.
- Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
- Lightly butter a 13X9X2 inch glass baking dish. Spread 3/4 cup of the sauce over the prepared baking dish. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles on the bottom of the pan. Spread 1/3 of the squash puree over the noodles. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Drizzle 1/2 cup of sauce over the noodles. Repeat layering 3 more times.
- Tightly cover the baking dish with foil and bake lasagna for 40 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the lasagna and continue baking uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the top is golden, approximately 15 minutes. Let the lasagna stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
A well-meaning friend recently asked me this question, "So, is your new Fit4Baby class going to be easier than Stroller Strides, more of a love-my-body-deep-breathing type thing?" Um, no. I'm all for love and deep breaths but Fit4Baby class is about getting fit for motherhood! We're going to get our heart rates up, strengthen and stretch our muscles, and learn how to take care of our bodies so that we're ready for motherhood when it inevitably arrives! Do you know what prenatal exercise can do for your changing body? Check this list out!
Benefits of Prenatal Exercise:
Exercise can help decrease or prevent:
- Swelling of your extremities
- Leg cramps
- Varicose veins
- Back pain
- Gestational diabetes
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Pelvic and rectal pressure
- Surgical or medical interventions in delivery
- Urinary incontinence
- Postpartum weight retention
- Self-esteem; sense of well-being
- Functional capacity
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Energy levels during pregnancy
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Posture and biomechanics
- Recovery time
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- Start with modified crunches: lie on back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor; place one hand behind each ear with elbows pointing out to the sides and chin lifted toward the ceiling; tilt your pelvis slightly so that your lower back is pressing into the floor; take a deep breath in, and, as you exhale, lift your head off the floor, tightening the muscles in your abdomen and pulling your belly button in toward your backbone; inhale as your lower your head. As you free stronger, make the exercise more challenging by lifting your head and your shoulder blades off the floor with each repetition. Visualize scooping out your abdomen as you tighten the muscles.
- To target the lower part of your abdomen, lie on your back with knees bent and feet lifted off the floor so that your shins are parallel to the floor (this is your starting position); place one hand behind each ear with elbows pointing out to the sides and chin lifted toward the ceiling; tilt your pelvis slightly so that your lower back is pressing into the floor; take a deep breath in, and, as you exhale, lift your hips slightly off the floor; tightening the muscles in the lower part of your abdomen; inhale as you return to the starting position.
(excerpted from an article by Lisa Druxman, Founder of Stroller Strides)
For a great workout that combines both aerobic exercise and strength training- join us for a Stroller Strides class!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
The BabyLegs website recommends using their product (baby leg warmers) to protect the knees of crawling tots, make diaper changes easier, provide lightweight sun protection, and provide an easy extra layer for warmth. They may also be the perfect solution to the "pants-less weekend" that many suggest for potty-training because they'll keep your toddlers' legs warm while leaving their potty-training equipment open to the air!
Check out the BabyLegs website to see the latest fall collection of leg warmers, socks and tights and use the coupon code "SStrides" to get 25% off!
And- be one of the first 20 at Stroller Strides class at 10am at the North Hills Mall on Wednesday, September 15th to claim your free pair of BabyLegs!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dads are always welcome at Stroller Strides... if they can handle it!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Here is the casting post from Reebok: Looking for Caucasian and Hispanic women between the ages of 22-45 to be featured in their 2011 worldwide campaign for Easy Tone shoes. If you meet the following criteria, we would love to invite you to our casting the first week in September!
- Attractive, physically fit and toned. Great legs and rear end a plus.
- Fitness and/or physical activity plays an important role in your life.
- You have an interesting personality or an inspiring story to share…are you a fabulous Mom, business woman or hard working student?
Rate- The fees are still being determined, but it will be a very fair financial compensation.
To Submit- Please send a current photo (if you have a body shot terrific, but not necessary) with your name, phone number, and email address to: email@example.com. Also include a brief summary about yourself and how you may be an inspiration to other women by making fitness/physical activity an important part of your life.
They will contact you regarding the casting date and time, eligibility will be determined by the casting team.