For our final few weeks we will concentrate on the types of exercise classes offered at the Activity Center here at Savannah Lakes Village. Last week, Lucia reported on the benefits of Water Aerobics and Water Art Fitness classes. Today, we will concentrate on Low Impact Land Aerobics. The Definition follows: “One foot remains in contact with the ground at all times during the workout. This class offers an aerobic warm-up, and floor aerobics combined with weight or band exercises for shaping and sculpting body muscles, as well as balance and flexibility.” “Other examples of low impact aerobics would be walking, jogging, running, dancing, skiing, rollerblading, bicycling, aerobics dance classes, rowing, stair climbing, etc.” Over the past several months we have provided you with a lot of information regarding the benefits of regular exercise, as well as proper nutrition and how it all works together to create a “Fit” you. It is our hope that you have been reading, and heeding some of our tips. Today, we will give you just a few “Success Stories” from your neighbors: Alice and John Powers have attended various classes at the Activity Center over the past 14 years. Alice had knee replacement surgery during the past year and feels the strength and flexibility she has acquired from working out made her recovery much quicker. Because Alice went into the surgery in better physical condition than many people do, she was able to get back to her exercise classes sooner. Alice is a huge advocate of exercising, and feels the aerobics classes are great fun! Ron Lalli, like Alice, had to have surgery. Only for Ron, it was back surgery. Anyone who has had back surgery will tell you recovery is not easy, often very painful and slow. However, you will see Ron swimming, walking, in aerobics classes, or in the workout room. Ron’s recovery from his major surgery went well, in large part, because he does everything he can to stay in good physical condition. Charlie Creran is one of our great successes. Charlie has had bypass surgery. WOW, as if that isn’t enough, he also was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. Charlie’s Cardiologist has told him that a “normal” bypass is good for about 10 years, but Charlie has been told that his bypass will be good for at least 20, largely because he works out so frequently. His strength training and aerobic workouts have improved his distance with his golf clubs. He jokingly says the ball goes further into the woods, but they do go farther. One of Charlie’s biggest brag points is the fact that all of his working out has lowered his A1C test results, so his diabetes is under control. Good work Charlie! Nancy Kiernan started going to Land Aerobics to improve her blood work. We are happy to report that Nancy lowered her triglycerides from 222 to 140. She gives credit to aerobics, eliminating carbs, and dance classes. Gloria Bramble told me that several years ago she had a doctor tell her ”You have chronic degenerative arthritis of the spine.” She was pretty upset since that is a serious diagnosis. Gloria decided then and there to do everything she could to keep her body ticking and to improve it if she could. She began to work out faithfully. AC4Me has helped Gloria improve a lot of her workout practices based on the extremely useful information that we distribute. Gloria now has a lot more color on her dinner plate; she does strength training twice a week and has taken advantage of the information from the lectures we have provided. Weight was not a huge factor for Gloria; her goal was to improve her overall fitness. Thanks to the great programs at the Activity Center, and AC4Me Gloria is reaching her goals. So, talk to your friends and neighbors. Maybe you know one of the people mentioned above, and maybe not, but I’m sure you know someone who is taking advantage of AC4Me and the classes the Activity Center offers, let them share their success story with you. As our Low Impact Land Aerobics brochure says: “All in all – when body, mind and soul are in touch and souls ‘fit’ happily into our bodies – That’s Fitness”. Start getting fit today. Here is an easy weightwatchers hearty recipe for you to try:
Slow Cooker Red Bean, Sausage and Rice Soup
(Full of flavorful, filling ingredients. Switch to a chicken-based Italian sausage if the Andouille is too spicy for your taste.) 1 clove (medium) garlic, minced 1 medium uncooked red onion chopped 1 rib (large) uncooked celery, chopped 1 medium green pepper, chopped 15 oz. can of kidney beans, dark variety, rinsed and drained (or use Chili beans not rinsed for a little extra spce) 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes, undrained (or use stewed tomatoes) 9 oz. cooked chicken sausage, Andouille-style, cut into bite size pieces ¼ tsp dried thyme ¼ tsp. black pepper 6 cups fat-free chicken broth (use low sodium) 1 cup uncooked white rice, converted-variety recommended. (You could add some shrimp the last 5-10 minutes of cooking if you like.) No salt needs to be added to the soup. Place garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, beans, tomatoes with their juices and sausage in a 5-quart slow cooker. Add thyme and pepper, stir well. Pour broth and rice in and stir again. Cover slow cooker and set on high. Cook for 4 hours. Yields 8 servings. 1 ½ cups each. We recommend converted rice because regular long-grain rice can become mushy in slow cooker recipes. To turn up the heat, add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with the thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper.