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Jill W.

Jill W.

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    2011

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I am a retired pre-school/kdg teacher. I taught in the CPS for 32 years. I am a five year breast cancer survivor as of June 2012! I am Jewish My sister is Rae I am a work in progress.
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  • Ginger P., Peggee F., Sandy W., and 10 others smiled at this

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    Thank you Sherry L! I do love to pact!

    I do this DC quite often. All of the little DC exercises keep me busy.

    It is a cool but sunny day in Chicago. I have nothing on tap for today. I can do more laundry. Steaks are seasoned to cook for dinner. I think seasoned potatoes and a salad will round out the meal. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Take a deep breath and imagine your belly button connecting to your back. Hold the contraction for a count to 10, then let it out. Practice this contraction while sitting at your desk, in your car, while standing at the checkout line, or doing dishes.

    Why it matters

    It's all about the abs! Activating your abdominal muscles - even while standing or sitting - creates a brace for your back and puts your core into alignment. Building your abdominal strength will keep your body in good posture and help prevent injury during exercise or everyday activities.

    Fun fact

    Legend says that tortellini pasta's shape is inspired by Venus's navel.

    "Pull your belly button to your back for a count of 10"

    April 24, 2017 at 13:01 UTC
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  • Julie O., Ginger P., Bobbie D., and 2 others smiled at this

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  • Carolynn B., Sandy W., Sean Z., and 15 others smiled at this

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    Thank you Julie O, Dianne H, Sally W, Sheila C, and Judy A! Julie, I laughed out loud about your E. I couldn't get up from the floor without help. Good for you that you can! Love you all!

    I did this DC with my r shoulder in mind. It did not seem to activate whatever is going bon there, so I think it is getting better. Yeah!

    Yesterday more laundry was accomplished, we had lunch with friends at a Greek restaurant, we got Sam's club done and I drove Jimmy to the airport for a flight to LA. We went to dinner with Isaac and Krystyn. Isaac has a job offer at A to Z electric and Krystyn has several places that accepted her resume to review. I am holding my breath and hoping they will both have jobs soon. Isaac had an infection and is on an antibiotic. He goes to a daily sober program and they advised him to see his primary care because his labs were off. It seems that his gall bladder labs are elevated from an infection. I am hoping this antibiotic sorts it out. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Take a deep breath and extend your arms to your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Hold the stretch for a count of 10.

    Why it matters

    Stretching your chest lets air into your lungs and tension out of your body. During stressful moments, your muscles contract without you even realizing it - especially in the back, chest, and shoulders. Taking a moment to breathe with your arms wide open will tame the tension, add some peace of mind, and give your chest a great stretch.

    Fun fact

    The tallest man in history, Robert Pershing Wadlow, had an arm span of 9 feet, 5¾ in. (2.7 m, 21 cm).

    "Give your chest a good stretch by extending your arms and squeezing your shoulder blades together"

    April 23, 2017 at 15:37 UTC
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      Julie O. replied April 23, 2017 at 22:34 UTC:

      I'm glad you smiled --- I told my girls that they have this to look forward too --- perhaps it'll motivate them to continue working on their wellness throughout the running with kids years! The are both stay at home mom's now so have more freedom than I had.

    • Diane H.
      Diane H. replied April 24, 2017 at 3:03 UTC:

      Hope you had a relaxing Sunday Jill! Sleep Well! Hugs, Diane H

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    Thank you Sheila C and Sandy W! Hello from a sunny but cool Chicago.

    I just got a new pair of shoes. My size went down from 11 to 10. Rae ordered the shoes. I thought 10 would be too small.

    Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Set aside five minutes and look closely at your shoes. Start at the back. Are either of the heels worn down or compressed on one side? Are there signs of wear (or even holes) inside the shoe? Is the sole tread pattern on the bottom of either shoe worn down? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you may want to consider getting a new pair of shoes.

    Why it matters

    Shoes have often lost their ability to properly protect your feet, knees, and back long before they start to look (or smell!) bad. Shoes have a limited lifespan, and with every step you take, you wear out the tread and break down whatever cushioning and support they have. Wearing shoes that are past their prime won't just leave you looking for foot rubs at the end of the day - it could also lead to shin splints, heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis, chronic knee pain, and even stress fractures.

    Fun fact

    A 100-pound woman wearing stiletto heels exerts more pressure on the ground than a 6,000-pound elephant.

    "Check your kicks for wear and tear"

    April 22, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
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  • Joyce W., Lorenna R., Judy A., and 16 others smiled at this

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    I can get this done on a visit to the gym. They have bars that I can hold on to for extra balance!

    Thank you Ginger P! It is a very pretty day in Chicago. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Stand up straight and raise your arms out to the sides so they're parallel to the floor. Fixate on a spot ahead of you and walk with one foot in front of the other. With each step, as you lift one leg to move forward, pause while that leg is in midair and lift your back leg's heel for a second. Walk for 10 steps.

    Why it matters

    Tai chi, which began as a martial art, evolved to incorporate physical and mental health benefits. This exercise can help you improve your strength, balance, and coordination, as it calls on you to have your legs do two different things while walking.

    Fun fact

    "Tai chi chuan," usually shortened to "tai chi," has a literal translation of "supreme ultimate fist."

    "Walk heel to toe for 10 steps, and as you pick up your front foot, lift your back heel"

    April 21, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
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    Thank you Vicky P and Sandy W!

    Another cool grey day in Chicago. As for this DC, I have never been able to cross my legs. I won't start now. I don't even cross my ankles.

    Yesterday I prepared chicken soup with matzah balls. It took all day. Rae was exhausted and we were in bed before 10 o'clock. I certainly got my 8 hours last night. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    For many people, crossing your legs is an unconscious habit. As you sit today, catch yourself before you throw one leg over the other, and plant both feet on the ground instead. Position your body so your hips and knees are in alignment.

    Why it matters

    Regardless of what proper etiquette may dictate, crossing your legs lessens blood flow and throws your posture out of alignment. This places pressure on your joints and can lead to lower back pain. When your legs are crossed, your hip hikes to one side and the rest of your body follows. Sitting square in your chair helps keep your body aligned and centered.

    Fun fact

    According to the Victorian rules of etiquette, if a man was flirting with a woman and she twirled her fan in her left hand, it signified that she loved another.

    "Pledge to uncross your legs when sitting"

    April 20, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
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    I like this DC. It is gloomy again in Chicago. I think it will rain today. Temps go from 40's to 60's and back again. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    How to do it

    Raise one arm straight above you and bend at the elbow. Reach back and pat yourself on the back, on the same side. Using your opposite arm, reach over and gently push on the outside of your elbow. Hold the stretch for a count of 10. Repeat with the other side.

    Why it matters

    Though they are small, your triceps are important in keeping your shoulders stable. For many of us, stress builds a home in our upper back, shoulders, and arms, and your triceps will feel it as they strain to counter balance. This exercise will help provide a gentle stretch and release tension. Plus, you deserve that pat on the back!

    Fun fact

    "Triceps brachii," the scientific name for this muscle group means "three heads." The tricep is built of three muscle bundles and takes up two-thirds of your arm.

    "Go, you! Pat yourself on the back and use the other arm to deepen the stretch"

    April 19, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
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