See cardio can be fun! Especially with the dynamic group that shows up at 6 a.m. to play along …

Oh I know it looks like we’re having fun BUT there was some hard work going on there as well!

Following Friday CARDIOKE CLASS participate comment: “I felt my legs were sore for four days …. lol”

Yes that’s right there is still a smile of the face of our sore leg participate.




The amazing duo “GURRR – sten” (AKA Kirsten) and Dylan

These two fantastic people have had a year of making us all very proud! Congratulations on getting to the Grand Prix Event that was TOTALLY unexpected yet TOTALLY deserved!
Now these two are on the road to participate in the ice show CELEBRATIONS (! What a year 2010 has been and there is more to come this January at Nationals ūüôā¬†


Why You Are Never Too Old To Try Pilates

As our bodies age we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we do, the harder it is to start again.

But the older we get, the more important exercise becomes.

Problems associated with poor posture, being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation, insomnia and lack of energy can become even more problematic. The good news is that pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people who haven’t exercised in a while.

Pilates In Later Life

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that won’t leave you puffed out and thus avoids placing stress on your heart and lungs.

But just because pilates doesn’t conform to the “no pain no gain” mentality of other exercise regimes, don’t think that it isn’t an excellent route to increased fitness.

Working at your own pace, you will build up your stamina, strength and flexibility; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so. And because pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too.

Re-Energise Your Life The principle objective of pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength resulting in body toning and improved posture.

Many medical experts believe that when the body is balanced with good posture and good core muscle support, the involuntary body functions such as breathing, digestion and bowel function also benefit.

Breathing techniques are also an important part of Pilates, helping the delivery of oxygen to the body as well as boosting your energy levels.

And because a pilates session will leave you feeling relaxed and energised, your mental wellbeing will improve alongside your physical wellbeing.

Pilates And Arthritis And Osteoporosis

Pilates is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint inflamation, swelling, arthritis, and tension throughout the body.

After a few sessions your range of movement will increase and you will notice a reduction in swelling and inflamation.

By improving your blood circulation, there are add on benefits such as an improvement in bone density – important not only for those already suffering from osteoporosis, but also for those wishing to avoid it. And It’s A Great Way To Make New Friends! Pilates classes tailored towards all age groups are available the length and breadth of the UK – see the Pilates Directory for your nearest class.

You can then perform pilates as part of a group, a great way to make new friends.

The Final Word Goes To Joe Pilates Himself Joseph Pilates died at the age of 87, but with the body of a much younger man. Up until his death he led a full and active life and was very proud of the pilates exercise programmes he had developed. Indeed, he never tired of recommending pilates to one and all.

“I must be right,” he said in 1965. “Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”

Stephanie Moore 519-503-3635

Oven-Dried Sweet Potato Chips

from Homefield Organics …

1 tsp fine-grained sea salt                                                1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground cumin                                                       1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper                              1/4 tsp ground cayenne

1 lb sweet potatoes, scrubbed and peeled

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

Combine salt and spices in mixing bowl

Slice sweet potatoes paper-thin (my good friend Angela suggests using a potatoe peeler to make them nice and thin, I’m trying it this weekend) and toss lightly with oil . Toss potatoes with spice mixture until evenly coated. Arrange potatoes on wire grates with nonstick vegetable spray or on baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake for 2 hours, then turn off the oven and let potatoes dry for 2 more hours or overnight.

Homefield Orgnaics is a fantastic company that does grocery delivers and offer as much local and organic options as possible! Their website address is: