Kristi's Group Fitness Page September 2019

Welcome to September everyone! Where did the summer go?  I share a couple beautiful photos of the ecumenical Christian family camp we attend every year... such beauty!  At the same time I am mindful how we must pause and remember all those affected by the storms. Please see below for ways to share. For those that missed the events of last month, we had some very nice breakfasts out and too we are planning to do the St. Paul Classic in early September. See below for additional opportunities for upcoming events.

Social Update

Wednesday September -18th- Breakfast at Fat Nats
Sunday September 8th- St. Paul Classic Bike Ride!
Sunday September 8th- Lunch at Agra Culture in St. Paul (Cleveland Ave.) Around 11:45 <following the Classic>
**If you are not riding the St. Paul Classic and you would like to join us for lunch on the 7th, please let me know.


Fabulous Flashback Photos and Quiz!

1. Do you remember these former instructors I am with here?

2. This former class (similar to Barbell) was called what at Northwest?

3. What instructor am I with here? - Hint- she still works for Lifetime

4.  Where was this annual group fitness held? <hint, they moved a few years ago>

Answers- 1) Mariana and Dianne (Dianne worked for Lifetime); 2) LIFT; 3) Kris & 4) Sunshine Factory!!!

Did you get them all right? If so you have been part of our group fitness family for a long time!!


JOIN US! For one of our upcoming events! :)

Congratulations to Mikaela and Bri Haertl (Bri changed her name)

                                      They were married August 25th, 2019... on the same weekend Dan & I were married  in -86! <33 years later>

Many of you know Mikaela came to my aerobics class from age 7-25!!


Left- Bri and Caleb walk down the aisle                                                      Right, Dan, Mikaela, our new grandson Caleb and yours truly!



1 c.  brown sugar, 1 stick  butter, 2 T. light corn syrup, 2 Granny Smith apples, 12-16 slices bread(enough to cover pan), 1 ½ c. milk, 6 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, ¼ tsp.  nutmeg, 1 ½ tsp.cinnamon, 1 cup pecans, and ¼ tsp. salt.  Topping syrup is ½ of the bottom layer caramel sauce ingredients.


Cook in small saucepan:

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 stick of butter

2 Tablespoons light corn syrup

Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. 

Pour into a 13x9 inch baking dish prepared with non-stick spray.

Sprinkle ½ cup finely chopped pecans over the syrup.  Place 6-9 slices of bread on top of the syrup/pecans.  Sprinkle ½ cup chopped pecans over the bread.  Place 2 finely chopped granny smith apples over the pecans. Top with remaining bread slices. 

Combine in a blender:  6 eggs, 1 ½ cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, ¼ tsp nutmeg, 1 ½ tsp cinnamon, and ¼ tsp salt.  Pour evenly over top layer of bread.

Chill overnight.

Bake uncovered in pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned.  Additional caramel sauce can be drizzled over the top or you can use regular syrup.  ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar, ¼ cup butter, and 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup. (half of the above recipe)  Cook until thickened stirring constantly.  

You can use a variety of breads for this recipe.  I used cottage bread for the BOTS breakfast.  You can also add chocolate chips to the recipe. Be creative.

(Recipe courtesy a bed and breakfast site)                     

Fabulous Health and Fitness Facts 

* A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University with 586 individuals found that persons with a more optimistic outlook on life had half as many heart attacks, cardiac incidents, and sudden death incidents over a 5-12 year period. The researchers indicated that while more research is needed, a possible explanation is that positive thinkers produce lower levels of stress hormones. Lets all get positive and go to aerobics!!!!     

*In our society we are seeing more overweight children due to excessive eating and more time with sedentary games such as video based games, use of the computer, and watching TV. The current fitness guidelines through ACSM stress that children should get at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity daily which may include briefer 10-15 minutes of more vigorous exercise. Sadly, according to the American Council on Exercise, 40% of 5-8 year olds in the United States have at least one risk factor for heart disease. A recent study published in Obesity Reviews (2017) found that childhood obesity not only creates risks for the child, but it may also lead to lastin garterial damage which can contribute to life threatening illnesses as an adult. Remember, as with any individual, children should receive regular physical checkups to assure they are in good health. 

*In the field of rehabilitation we are seeing increasing numbers of children affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effects. As with any other developmental condition, early intervention is vital due to the increased neuroplasticity in the developing brain. Neuroscience now knows that the brain is plastic throughout life, but we can often make the greatest gains through early intervention. Through the years I have worked with many programs and crisis homes that service children and families affected by many difficulties including FAS/FAE . The impact of excessive prenatal alcohol is devastating on children, families, and society!!!

*An interesting recent study found that those who bike to work start the work day less stressed. My father starting biking to work in the 70's, way before it was vogue! He biked to work for 25 years!

*According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, runners experience knee problems more than any other type of injury. A study from the University of Nevada suggested that increasing runners who increased their stride by 10% received less stress and shock to the body, thereby potentially decreasing knee injuries.

* With the increasing numbers of drownings publicized in recent years in Minnesota, there have been increased efforts to promote swimming programs and lessons. Please encourage parents of young children to enroll them in water safety and basic swimming lessons.. it may save a life!

*As the Purple Pumpers finished their 24th ride and again went on the MS 150  to raise money for MS research, one of my colleague friends, Virgil Mathiowetz, and Yu, published in the 2014 American Journal of Occupational Therapy a systematic review of occupational therapy (my profession) interventions for Multiple Sclerosis. The study found high efficacy for programs that included rehabilitation, fatigue management, and health promotion.

*As the weather is still warm for about another month remember to remain well hydrated, especially when running and working out in the humidity.

The above information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace the advise of your health care professional.



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