Member Recommended: Drop Zone Cycling

July 31, 2009

It’s inevitable, our jogging strollers all get a flat from time to time. When this happens, North San Antonio Stroller Strides member Bernie S. recommends using Drop Zone Cycling.

Drop Zone Cycling is a locally owned, small business.   Drop Zone is located near McAllister Park on Starcrest Rd.

11950 Starcrest Rd. Suite 208, San Antonio, TX 78247

Phone 210.403.2609    Fax 210.491.0763

Recommender, Bernadette  says:  “The owner is a really nice guy who will play with your kid while he makes the repair.  He says that his prices are competitive with the big bike shops (you know the ones).”

http://www.dropzonecycling.com/


Keeping your Toddler Entertained In the Stroller

July 29, 2009

There are challenges with keeping our children entertained in the stroller at any age. This week, Stroller Strides of the Golden Triangle gives some suggestions on how to keep our toddlers entertained.

  • Try putting together a “Stroller Strides Backback” with activities/toys just for class and that can only be used when your toddler is in his/her stroller. You can also trade these toys with others moms once your kiddos tire of them!
  • Etch a Sketch, Sticker Books, Leap Frog and Aquadoodle are some things specifically made for cars or airplane travel (strollers fit in this category too)! As you may already do in your household, change out/rotate toys on a monthly basis.
  • Try having your child string cheerios on some plastic cord and then they have an edible healthy snack after they are finished.
  • I found this really cool and inexpensive product called Wikki Stix ($3.25 for 24) that looks like a perfect thing for stroller or restaurant entertainment.
  • I know this may sound like a bit of work but at the start of the week, wrap up a couple hidden prizes/small toys inside a few small boxes before class and let your child unwrap a surprise during the abs/cool-down portion of class.

Testimonial: Something for Everyone!

July 29, 2009

sara hardigan

As a new stay-at-home mom who had just relocated to San Antonio, I was worried I’d never had an adult conversation outside of my husband again! When I found Stroller Strides, I was so excited. It’s not only introduced me to amazing, smart and funny women; it has also given me the motivation to get in shape and push myself in way that I am sure I would not do if I was working out solo in a gym. There is also so much more to Stroller Strides than just working out. There are tons of activites like playdates, Mom’s Night Out, Book Club… there is something for everyone!

Sara Hardigan


Recipe Idea: Moroccan Stewed Chicken

July 27, 2009

moroccan stewed chicknThis Women’s Health recipe comes highly recommended from member Bernadette S. and sounds delicious. Let us know if you give it a try. Thanks for sharing it, Bernie!

Moroccan Stewed Chicken

Makes 4 Servings.

YOU WILL NEED:

1 lb. skinless chicken thighs
1 large zucchini cut into cubes
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can diced tomatoes
chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 c water or chicken stock
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Place oil in a large saute pan or wide pot over medium-high
heat.
2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and cook in pan
until browned (about 2-3 min per side). Add zucchini and
continue cooking, stirring often
3. When zucchini pieces have browned lightly add garbanzo
beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, cayenne, cumin and cinnamon.
Turn heat to low and simmer until chicken is tender and cooked
through. 10-15 minutes. Season to taste with more salt and
pepper. garnish with chopped cilantro.

ON THE SIDE: cook 1/2 cup couscous per package instructions
and mix with 2 tbsp golden raisins, 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts,
and 1/4 cup shopped cilantro.

Note: I’ve made this recipe different ways – with brown rice instead
of couscous, without cilantro, with water instead of chicken
stock, with no pine nuts. EVERY time it was really good!
Enjoy!

Bernie


Exercise of the Week: Planks

July 26, 2009

Starting Position
Begin this exercise by kneeling over your baby with your knees and forearms on the floor. Your elbows should be placed directly below your shoulders. Keep your feet together and your spine (including your head and neck) in a neutral position. Your feet should be touching or no more than an inch apart.

Action
Lift your body up on your forearms and toes, keeping your body as straight as possible. Maintain this position for as long as possible and challenge yourself to longer periods in the plank position. Try to hold the position for 15-30 seconds in the beginning, working your way up until you can hold the position for 3 minutes or longer. Repeat 1-3 times.

Special Instructions
Don?t let your hips/knees drop, your butt raise, or your weight shift to one forearm. You should be able to draw a straight line through your body from your head through your heels. Breathe steadily and engage your abs.

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Keep Moving: Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

July 23, 2009
pregnancy-exercise

We’ve all been told exercising during in pregnancy is good for mom and baby, but have you ever wondered why? Catherine Cram explains the benefits of prenatal exercise here.

Exercising during pregnancy can help with the physical challenges of pregnancy and help speed postpartum recovery. One other great point is that you mentally feel much better after exercise! I think that’s as important as the physical benefits, and also a strong motivator. 
Another benefit of prenatal fitness is that it can improve your baby’s ability to tolerate the stresses of labor and delivery. Research has shown that babies of exercising moms have fewer complications during labor and delivery (possibly as a result of a greater blood flow and fetal reserves resulting from their mother’s exercise). Another study found that the placentas of exercising women had greater blood flow from increased blood vessel development than those of pregnant women who didn’t exercise regularly. 
That may be one way that babies of exercising moms are better able to deal with reductions in uterine blood flow during times of stress. All great reasons to keep exercising during pregnancy!

Provided by Catherine Cram, M.S., Owner for Comprehensive Fitness Consulting LLC
Author of Fit Pregnancy for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2004)


Beverage Choices for Active People

July 21, 2009
woman-drinking-waterEverybody pretty much understands that staying hydrated is essential to helping you feel and perform at your best. According to the Journal of Sports Science, exercisers who drink fluids and maintain hydration can last up to 33 percent longer compared to those who don’t drink any fluids during a workout. And, even as little as two percent dehydration can cause a drop in endurance.

To help figure this out, let’s take a closer look at the different options as if they were lined up on a hydration continuum, starting with the basic beverage choice: water.

So, cheers to the best hydration beverages–keep your eye on the right ingredients and drink up to perform at your best.

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