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Posts Tagged ‘stretching’

Is there a benefit to stretching?

The other day on the radio I heard about a new study, which recently came out saying you shouldn’t stretch before exercise. I guess I had never given this much thought. I don’t normally stretch before I exercise. But whether I am spinning, practicing yoga or in a body conditioning class we start slow and […]

To live, to breathe

Breathing is important. In order to live we have to breathe, right? I love to share things I learn in yoga. I feel like I am always learning something new about yoga, my practice and my body. Months ago in Vickie’s class we learned about breathing into our intercostal muscles. I wrote about this new […]

Dragging myself to the gym

I really didn’t want to exercise today. But with the way I have been eating lately … Today was a busy, but productive day at work. I had a lot of meetings. But I also managed to get a good amount of work done. I was trying to catch up on a few e-mails when […]

Working the medicine ball

Today I did about an hour of climbing on the espinner. After my ride I did 15-20 minutes of stretching, weights and squats and abs with the medicine ball. Until recently I had never really used a medicine ball. Today I did squats with a 6-pound medicine ball and when I stood up I held […]

Strengthening wrists with various exercises

Yesterday right before yoga I noticed that my left wrist was hurting. I don’t remember doing anything in particular to it to make it ache. But I am a klutz and run into things and forget that I did. For example, I have a bruise on top of my right foot. I have no idea […]

Taking care of my back

Soon after I arrived at work this morning I noticed I had mid-back pain. Normally if I have back pain it is lower back pain, which is caused by a variety of things such as Kyphosis, bad posture, sitting for a long period of time, etc. My middle back pain was either because of a […]


On Monday and Wednesday morning I take a yoga class at my gym. Before the 7:15 a.m. class is a body conditioning class. The teacher is pretty much always running late and yoga doesn’t normally start until about 20 after the hour. I don’t think that instructor gives his students time to stretch at the […]