Exercise Tips

Exercise…an integral part of recovery!

30 minutes 3-4 times a week, even if it’s walking.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Park at the far end of the parking lot.

Walk in the mall in bad weather.

Do your own housework.

Put a chin-up bar in your doorjamb.

During the television ads, lift weights, stretch, do crunches, use your chin-up bar, use an exercise ball, press against a tennis ball with your foot to stretch muscles, roll on a mailing tube to iron out fascia.

Walking

Second toe, knee, inner hip, shoulder and ears should line up as you walk.

Open your gait and loosen your walk.

Swing arms slightly brushing thighs with fingertips.

Breathing

Chin down a bit.

Breathe in and out of your nose.

In order to breathe deeply, first exhale fully and deeply.  Now there’s room to inhale.

Imagine your lungs as balloons filling as you breathe, filling not only up from the bottom to the top, but from armpit to armpit.

Imagine touching the muscle just below the ribcage toward your spine. Those are the muscles that protect and support your spine (i.e., corset).  Pull those muscles in as often as you think of it, and as long as you think of it.

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