Could it be the Yoga?

“Is this your usual blood pressure?” The nurse was asking because my numbers were so low — 97/63. I suppose good news isn’t ordinary in doctor’s offices. I’ve just had my annual wellness check and, whereas my BP has never been high, it’s never been this low. Not only...

Balancing Body and Brain

The rise of nerd-power has been awe inspiring, but I have mixed feelings about what their amazing technology has done to my life. The pressure to keep up with the latest technology really gets to me sometimes. I want to learn it all, but the mental capacity on the...

The Trouble With Exercise. Lessons I Have Learned.

Stuff your body with holiday fare and results are undeniable, swelling takes place immediately. But pump some iron for a week and… zilch… nada… nothing. Even if intentions are all fired up, they begin to fade when you can’t see any results. Why...

Heads Up… In Praise of Better Posture

It creeps up — I mean down — on me so gradually that I hardly notice. I start out looking where I’m going, but pretty soon I’m watching where my feet are going instead.   A couple of posts ago I wrote about the dramatic difference a stronger back has...

In Praise of my Back

A stronger you begins with your back, and I’m a walking testament. My back has saved my butt many times. I slipped and flipped backwards once onto the dance floor, landing with such force that I was sure the ER was next. The thud was scary and stunned me senseless for...

Exercise Simplified

     I recently saw my very first pushup competition. Not on purpose, mind you, but an accidental siting at a holiday gathering. Suddenly there were bodies strewn about, all demonstrating how their 50+ years hadn’t yet caught up with them. Testosterone...

Vary Your Exercise Routine – 7/11

I love to dance and recently hit a slick spot on the dance floor. Feet went flying and I was down in a split second. I hit hard but was lucky, hobbling away with bruising only… to my pelvis… and my dignity. It was a wakeup call that has re-motivated me to...

Strenghthen Your Back – 8/10

I realized recently how much my physical life has changed since I started strengthening my back… and my backside. I no longer have to call for help when the urge to shuffle furniture hits. I never have back pain like so many people I know, and my posture is much...

Right Walking Takes Thought – 1/09

Walking is common. You’ve been doing it since you were one, so what’s to know when you’re doing it for exercise? Well, walking to get your heart rate up is different than walking for pleasure. It’s hard not to get distracted by people and birds and flowers in bloom,...

Rev Up to Slow Down – 11/09

I love to dance and am often surprised by my own stamina on the dance floor. I’ve given this a lot of thought lately and have come up with my very own acronym, REVSS. Rest, Exercise, Vittles, Stress, Slowdown. I occasionally hear comments about looking younger than I...