Member Recommended: ABEBooks.com

June 29, 2009

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Most of us are watching our budgets more carefully these days. When you are cutting costs, sometimes it is hard to justify buying books at regular retail prices at the “big” bookstores. That’s why we are so happy Laura D. told us about abebooks.com! The prices are better than any web site we’ve seen, with options to buy books either new or used. Laura was able to find our book club’s current pick Water for Elephants for less than 4 bucks! Thanks, Laura for turning us on to such a great site!


Walking on Sunshine

June 26, 2009

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One of the things our members often say is how much they enjoy that our North San Antonio Stroller Strides classes are  held outside. Exercising outside in the sunlight and fresh air are so beneficial to both Mom and baby. The Stroller Strides Allen blog provides a few examples how:

  1. Lowers stress levels
  2. Sunlight triggers the skin to make vitamin D, a potent cancer fighter
  3. Reduces depression (especially Postpartum Depression) and improves mood
  4. Boosts the immune system
  5. Promotes regular and restful sleep
  6. Sparks creativity
  7. Increases life expectancy–upping survival odds by about 15% over 5 years in one Japanese study



Exercise of the Week: Chest Press With Baby

June 25, 2009


Starting Position
Lie on your back on the floor, holding baby’s body firmly (beneath his arms). You and your baby should be face-to-face. Ensure baby’s head is stable and engage your abdominals by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.

Action
EXHALE: Supporting baby’s midsection, slowly push baby upward, extending your arms towards the ceiling, keeping your elbows slightly bent. Hold for a few counts. INHALE: Slowly lower baby back down to your chest level to complete one rep. Aim for 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Special Instructions
Safety should be your main concern, for you and the baby. Make sure that baby is totally secure in all movements. If any exercise is uncomfortable or too strenuous with baby, try it without baby first. Keep your spine in a neutral position. Don’t lift head off the floor during this exercise. If your lower back comes up from the floor at all during the movement, then raise your legs (bent) into the air to keep your back flat throughout the entire movement.


Commitment to Exercise

June 24, 2009

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Have you ever planned to workout and somehow it just didn’t happen? In Lisa Druxman’s book, “Lean Mommy” she gives some great tips on how to commit and stay with an exercise program.

Tip #1 Have Fun

Pick an activity that you like to do. If you hate running on the treadmill skip it and head out to play ball with the kids or go for a walk. Stroller Strides is a great option because you get to socialize with other moms while getting a great workout.

Tip #2 Be Flexible

Make sure to fit activity into your daily routine no matter what. Know that even if you can’t do your usual aerobics tape or make it to class always have back up activities in mind. If your little one is sick and you can’t get out of the house hit the living room carpet with push-ups, sit-ups and lunges. These exercises are a great way to burn those extra calories.

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I Love Stroller Strides!

June 23, 2009

Stroller Strides Enhanced Training

June 22, 2009

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On May 30th, two of our Stroller Strides instructors, Lisa DeArmond and Sharon Candelaria attended an enhanced training workshop in Austin, Texas. Sharon tells us about her experience that day:

Enhanced training was a one day seminar that provided Stroller Strides franchise owners and instructors an opportunity to connect with their peers to learn innovative exercise techniques, teaching methods, pre and post natal concerns, and activities to incorporate in our classes. The seminar was conducted by Farel Hruska, a certified fitness professional and National Fitness Director for Stroller Strides, who truly embodies the Stroller Strides motto: spirit, fitness, and motherhood.

As an instructor, this seminar provided me the quintessential elements necessary to provide my class participants exactly what they deserve…the best! I am eager to share the knowledge I gained to help enrich the lives of the fabulous members with our North San Antonio Stroller Strides group. Remember, fit moms and their babies rock!

Click here to see more photos from the weekend.


Exercise of the Week: SUPERMOM

June 18, 2009

This exercise is great to strengthen the back,  rounding out the core work we should be doing each day. We spend a great bit of time strengthening the anterior portion of the core muscles, however, we tend to neglect the posterior muscles like the erector spinae.
Lay in the prone position with arms extended overhead and legs extended long. Place the tubing at the finger-tips to use later. Start with alternating right arm with left leg then repeating with the other sides. Be sure to remember that this is a very small movement…it doesn’t take much to strengthen these muscles along the spine. Too much extension (hyperextension) could cause injury. Change the movement to both arms together, then both legs, then all together=SUPERMOM!!!
Add in the reverse fly for some great upper back work as well.
Remember:
Core should remain tight to support the spine
Head is a natural extension of the spine
Keep shoulders away from the ears
BREATHE

This exercise is great to strengthen the back, rounding out the core work we should be doing each day. We spend a great bit of time strengthening the anterior portion of the core muscles, however, we tend to neglect the posterior muscles like the erector spinae.

Lay in the prone position with arms extended overhead and legs extended long. Place the tubing at the finger-tips to use later. Start with alternating right arm with left leg then repeating with the other sides. Be sure to remember that this is a very small movement…it doesn’t take much to strengthen these muscles along the spine. Too much extension (hyperextension) could cause injury. Change the movement to both arms together, then both legs, then all together=SUPERMOM!!!

Add in the reverse fly for some great upper back work as well.

Remember:

Core should remain tight to support the spine

Head is a natural extension of the spine

Keep shoulders away from the ears

BREATHE