Kristi's January/February 2023 Health and Fitness Page 

Greetings all, Happy New Year to you!  I pray the new year has started well for you as we have ushered in a snowy yet beautiful January! December brought a nice group Christmas Breakfast- we have decided we'd like to have another sometime this winter! I will send out a query of when a good time may be.

   Social Update 

The Purple Pumpers 28th MS 150 team is full for those that wish to stay in the hotels with us but we would have room for anyone wishing to camp during the event. I will have more information later in the winter. Our team training rides typically start in April or May depending on weather- all are welcome.

Please note that we will plan to have one or two more breakfasts this winter- I will send out a query regarding preferred dates.


Fun photos

                   2022 Christmas Breakfast

We had the opportunity to enjoy the Florida Keys- Here are some photos.




                                                                              Flashback Christmas Photos

Left- Sarah and Ellen enjoying the party                                                                        Right- Folks enjoying the party a few years ago


Left- we had the blessing of a Clydesdale wagon ride up North                                Right- The Haertl's wish you a very Happy New Year!!


        Health and Fitness Information 

* According to the American Council on Exercise active seniors are healthier and enjoy life more.  In addition, exercise has been shown to decrease age related declines in a number of areas. ... As we know, exercise is great for persons of all ages!  Be sure to check with your health professional to assure you are in good health and to determine your fitness needs.

*The Life and Health Network discusses the harms of sitting all day at work. Suggestions to combat the sedentary work life are walking while talking on the phone, including some movement every 30 minutes, moving on our lunch break and other breaks, and considering a standing desk.

*According to Experience Life magazine, you shouldn't microwave plastic containers as they may leak harmful chemicals into your food. Most plastics are not designed to be microwaved. instead it is recommended you pull the food out of the plastic container and put it into a microwave safe container.

* Scientists from the University of Missouri Columbia have found that your daily activity and engagement in activities outside of exercise is just as important as those spent in exercise.  Persons who are physically inactive for hours at a time suffer from lower fat and cholesterol metabolism. Persons can reverse this trend by moving around and taking stretch breaks during the day.

* An interesting study featured in a former Experience magazine discussed Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina), psychologist's study which has found that the "good life" ratio requires three positive emotions for every negative one but that most American's test out at t 2:1 ratio.  The test is available at

* Amidst the recent local sad event of carbon monoxide poisoning, remember to make sure that your carbon monoxide detector is in working order-- it is especially important in the winter months as houses are closed and furnaces are running. Minnesota has a law that all homes must be equipped with a detector.

*A recent study in Metabolism-Clinical and Experimental found that sleep deprivation has a number of adverse effects on the body (and I would say mind)... practice good sleep hygiene, in addition to falling asleep, one way to improve sleep quality is to increase your wakefulness in the morning, use of lights, music, etc. in the morning can help this (I'd say group fitness / aerobics class helps us awake too! ) :0)

*The Jan/Feb 2017 Experience Life magazine spoke of three healthy hobbies, reading, art, and listening to music. The reading correlated with lower risk of dying prematurely and higher cognition... as a professor this is great to hear for me (smile), however I would like to see the actual study in the Social Science and Medicine journal as it didn't discuss online vs. book reading.

*A past Experience Life magazine has some good suggestions for keeping clean air in your home including: changing your filter on a timely basis, b) reducing artificial scents such as synthetic air fresheners, reduce chemical exposures in your home, and provide fresh air once in awhile.

As we head to the New Year and folks begin a new decade, let us be mindful of the importance of intentional and healthful living,
The Hope Heart Institute in Chicago identifies 10 principles of healthy living:
1- Breathe deeply
2- Drink adequate amounts of water
3- Sleep peacefully
4- Eat nutritionally
5- Enjoy activity (and I'd add enjoy others and those special people in your life!)
6- Give and receive love
7- Be forgiving
8- Practice gratitude
9- Develop acceptance
10-Nurture your spiritual side


May 2023 be a beacon of light for each of you!  (photo taken last year in Kauai)