Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stretching - What I do

I wish I could say that one day I just decided to start stretching and knew right off the bat what it was I should do. Didn’t happen that way. But, good news is that I read a lot, and I tend to try things out to see if they seem to help. So, over the last several years I have been building up my stretching routine. Is it the greatest ever - not so much - or, more precisely - no.

Does it work for me - do I have fewer aches and pains, can I turn farther, and feel better during and after exercising - YES! So, for me, it is a good thing. Funny though - recently, as I was leading a group of 4 of us older folk through my routine a lady joined us who actually knew what she was doing. She gave us some great pointers. And, I was feeling pretty self-conscious - my simple routine - how would it stack up against the program a pro would develop.

Perhaps with time I will find out - but what I came to realize, as I finished the routine, was that each of the people that stretch with me are there because it is doing them some good. One old guy (honest - even older than me) is walking better. Another has virtually eliminated hip pains that were plaguing him. Anyway, at the end of the session each of the people came up to me and thanked me for taking the time to help them stretch.

Lesson here - my taking the time to hold a session each day, for 25 or 30 minutes, is really making a difference for real people. Is it the best in the world? No. Is it the best in these peoples lives - actually it is.

I was especially touched with am elderly oriental lady who doesn’t speak that well, a lady whose name I still haven’t figured out. Today, after our session, she applauded me, and the other guys joined in.

Bit of a digression, but it seemed important as I was writing this.

In case you haven’t found it yet, I do have a website - On this site you can learn more about me than you could possibly want to know. If you were to look long enough you might find my “Stretching for Us Older Folk” gallery. Or, you can follow this LINK Just click on the triangle in the middle of the larger picture.

I just reviewed the video - and I have to admit I look pretty stupid doing stretches. But, it will give you an idea of what I do, and how much my cats help.

My routine hits the rotation of the back a lot. Because my work out routines are so focused on my core, I definitely can tighten up my back: It feels so good to spend 20 or 30 minutes and find that I am flexible again. Of course, there are times when, after a particularly good abs work out, I manage to get a cramp in my abs - so perhaps once in a while maybe I go a little far in my abs workouts. But, cramps aside, it is amazing how much strain and stress these simple stretches work out.

Don’t have cats - I promise, the stretches will still benefit!

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