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    Thank you so much for sharing Gyrotonics with us, Midan! I watched the video in the link you provided called “The Kitchen is Your Body”. At the end they showed the students in the class actually doing the movements. It looked so peaceful and “zen”, while providing a full range of motion and an all-over stretch. It puts me in mind of Tai Chi and yoga in that way.
    And I found myself spontaneously breathing more deeply as I watched! I will have to look into this. :-)
    #gentleworkout #trysomethingnew

    Gail Moser

    When we moved to a new place (in a very rural area) a number of years ago, I was very excited to learn that there was a weekly yoga class at the local school. When the instructor started out the session espousing her philosophy of “no pain, no gain” I knew it wasn’t the class for me. Years later I learned that she only lasted one season, as after the first or second week no one returned for another session. Seems we all had the same impression – it shouldn’t hurt to make progress with your exercise routine. #gentleworkout


    We always hear that exercise is good for us, and that even when we are experiencing chronic pain we should still do it because ultimately we will feel better. I have not always found that to be the case. There was the time when I did a 30-minute workout with weights at the gym – at a relatively low level of intensity for me – and ended up in bed for a few days afterwards. That’s when my body screamed to me: “Don’t. Lift. Weights. When. I. Am. Hurting. So. Much. …and don’t listen to those so-called experts!” So I did some extra soothing and self-care. It’s okay, body, it’s okay. I hear you. I won’t do that to you again. Just enjoy soaking in this nice bath I’ve made for you with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil.
    When I was feeling better I resumed the same workout schedule and everything was fine for a while; then on a random day – and seemingly apropos of nothing – Boom! I got sidelined again. And I listened to my body. The result? I don’t go to the gym anymore; I developed a gentle routine that I do at home. I use very light weights and work all of my muscle groups, but not to failure or exhaustion. My body is much happier now, and I don’t have to pay for a gym membership. It’s a win-win for the two of us. :-)
    How about you? Does exercise always make you feel better? Is exercise ever NOT good for you? How does your body let you know? Can you hear your body better during or after exercise? Have you used the signals you’ve received from your body to adjust your exercise regimen? How do you make that feedback loop work?
    #bodymovement #exerciseisgoodforyou #post-exertionalmalaise #gentleworkout

    Gail Moser
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