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Jill W.

Jill W.

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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.
  • Bobbie D., Bill W., Tracey B., and 13 others smiled at this

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    This one is kind of addictive. It just felt right once I got started. I did 30! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Stand up straight, feet slightly wider than hip-distance, with your toes turned out slightly to the sides. Allow your arms to hang by your sides, and make your hands into loose fists. Twisting from the hips, turn your upper body to the right, putting slightly more weight on your right foot as you do, and swinging your arms so that your left fist touches your lower belly and your right fist touches your lower back. Return to center and repeat nine more times, alternating sides as you go.

    Why it matters

    Spinal rotations, or twists, are great for improving the flexibility and suppleness of your spine, shoulders, and hips. Improved mobility will support your posture, because you will have the strength and flexibility to sit and stand taller. And adding loose fists to gently bump your body as you twist offers a slight internal organ massage.

    Fun fact

    American rock group Twisted Sister had originally wanted to call themselves "This," but refrained for fear that it would be too easy for reviewers to dismiss them by saying "This [stinks]."

    "Improve spine mobility with 10 rotating upper body swings"

    July 6, 2015 at 13:06 UTC
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    Liz B, Karron C, Heather L, Robert W, Vicky P, Sally W, and Rachel L were sweet enough to send me E and beautiful notes! Thank you!

    Easily done ! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Sit or stand up straight and tall. Lift your shoulders up toward your ears, then squeeze them behind you, moving your shoulder blades as close to each other as you comfortably can, holding for five seconds and then releasing. Repeat two more times.

    Why it matters

    Because most of our daily activities take place in front of us, rather than behind, our back and shoulders have a tendency to take on more of a rounded posture. By adding a few simple shoulder blade squeezes to your daily routine, you can train your upper back muscles to be stronger and improve your posture.

    Fun fact

    American swimmer Aaron Peirsol holds the world record in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke. He retired from the sport in 2011, at the ripe old age of 28.

    "Strengthen upper back muscles and improve posture by squeezing your shoulders together 3 times"

    July 6, 2015 at 2:46 UTC
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    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!I used to love speed skating as a child. There is nothing more exhilarating than racing on ice around the corners. Sometimes I touched the ice with my hand as I sped along. Fun times! I will walk instead!

    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then start by standing with your feet hip-distance apart and arms down by your sides. Bend your knees and shift your weight to your right leg as you tap your left foot behind your right foot. As you tap your left foot, swing your arms down and to the right in front of your body. Rapidly switch to the left side, stepping your left foot down and tapping your right foot behind your left as you swing your arms to the left. Repeat and continue imaginary speed skating for 30 seconds. If you can, increase your speed and try hopping from side to side rather than stepping, still keeping a bend in your knees. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Skating - whether inline, roller, or ice - is a great fitness activity to boost energy, improve muscle strength, enhance respiratory endurance, and develop balance and coordination. But you don't need ski poles or skates to get the benefits. Even mimicking the act of skating gets your heart pumping and your blood moving.

    Fun fact

    With a total of eight medals (two gold, two silver, and four bronze), speed skater Apolo Ohno is the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time. He also won his season of Dancing with the Stars!

    "Work your whole body by being an imaginary speed skater for 30 seconds"

    July 4, 2015 at 13:56 UTC
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    Thanks for the mega E today Karron C, Bobbie D, Diane H, Robert W, William B, Becky C, Ginger P, Paula W and Sally W!

    I have twisted and shouted! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Now do the Twist! If you don't know this dance, then follow these steps (it will be easier if there is music playing): 1) Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart and place your right foot slightly more out in front of you than your left, with a slight bend in the knees. 2) Lift the heel of your right foot and pretend to squish a bug with your right foot as you pivot the foot back and forth. 3) Once you are comfortable, continue pivoting your foot as you twist your hips side to side. 4) Now use your arms to help you twist by bending your elbows and lifting your arms slightly out away from the body. Do this for 30 seconds, then switch feet and twist on your left side. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Aside from just being fun, this classic 1960s dance move is beneficial for getting your heart rate up, improving your reaction time, and strengthening core abdominal muscles (particularly those on along the sides of the body). If you put on your favorite song, you may find you twist a lot longer and you'll get an even bigger cardio workout!

    Fun fact

    After its 1966 debut, the game Twister was accused by some as being "sex in a box." Despite the controversy, Twister remains a popular game today.

    "Do the Twist! Stand and twist your body for 1 minute to get your heart rate up"

    July 4, 2015 at 2:32 UTC
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    Thank you Rachel L for the sweet E this morning. Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    I will walk to my podiatry appointment today. The way they have expanded the hospital makes for a great time to walk! My walker and I will chug it out!

    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then jog in place as fast as you can. As you do, try changing the position of your feet - for example, widen your feet for a few steps, then bring your feet back together. Also, if you can, try landing one foot slightly out in front of the other, then back to center. Then try on the other foot. Keep going for 30 seconds. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Fast feet are good for your heart! This exercise gets your blood pumping and improves reaction time, because you have to keep switching up your stance as you move. Changing your stance helps you recover from the little trips and stumbles that occur - even without you noticing.

    Fun fact

    Prince initially declined the invitation to have his song "Kiss" appear in the animated film "Happy Feet," but he changed his mind once he saw footage of the award-winning penguin movie.

    "Jog quickly in place for 30 seconds, changing your leg and foot positions as you do"

    July 2, 2015 at 12:40 UTC
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      Kate M. replied July 2, 2015 at 15:27 UTC:

      Great going Jill. Thursday hugs and love. ♥

    • Bobbie D.
      Bobbie D. replied July 3, 2015 at 2:37 UTC:

      Jill, I think it is great that your hospital has expanded and that it is a good place for a walk. Our hospital has skywalks between the buildings on the third floor. I usually walk when my husband or I have an appointment. Thanks for thinking of me today. Hugs! ♥

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    Thank you Raymond J and Sally W for the E today! I can lunge and I can walk. Doing them at the same time is a challenge. I will do the lunges at home holding on to a chair. Then I will walk in small doses. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then find an open space where you can walk freely. Start by bending your elbows at your sides as though you are jogging, and your feet facing forward. Next, take a giant step forward with your right foot, so that it is flat on the floor and the heel of your left foot comes up off the floor. Bend both knees, dropping your hips towards the floor as you lunge. Then straighten your legs, and take a giant step forward with your left foot and repeat the lunge on your left side. Repeat six more times, alternating left and right so that you complete a total of four lunges on each side. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    A lunge walk is a great way to work both your heart with a little walk and your legs with a lunge. And the lunges don't have to be big to get good results. So if you have knee problems, concentrate more on taking a big step forward and pulling your back leg from behind than on bending deeply. You'll open up your hips, improve your walking gait, and get a little balance training all at the same time.

    Fun fact

    Great white sharks are known for lunging out of the water to capture their prey.

    "Work your heart and legs with 8 lunges"

    July 1, 2015 at 15:26 UTC
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    I went in and out of my house. Just the 1 step. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    arm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then start at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Go up the stairs one step at a time and come back down. Next, go up the same flight of stairs, two steps at a time. Come back down using single steps. Repeat, going up and down the stairs with single steps, and then going up two steps at a time. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    This exercise is a great way to get your heart beating faster and your energy level up! In addition, taking two steps at a time gives your leg muscles a little stretch.

    Fun fact

    "Stairway to Heaven," the famous 1971 rock anthem by Led Zeppelin, has been covered by Dolly Parton and Frank Zappa, among other musicians

    "Go up and down the stairs one at a time, then go up two at a time and down one at a time; repeat"

    June 30, 2015 at 13:49 UTC
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    10 minutes is my upper limit for standing or walking. I will break it into smaller segments. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank you Abbe J' for the E today!

    Warm up by walking or marching in place for three to five minutes. Then set a timer on your phone or watch for 10 minutes and set out on a walk. As you begin walking at a normal pace, choose something ahead of you - the next block, a telephone pole, a mailbox - as a target. When you reach this target, start walking faster. Then choose a second target ahead of you. When you reach the second target, slow back down to your normal pace. Continue this pattern until your timer stops. Cool down by walking or marching in place for two to three minutes.

    Why it matters

    Varying your speeds during your workout challenges your heart in very beneficial ways. By starting off at a normal speed and then varying to faster and slower speeds, your body - and more specifically, your heart - has to adjust to the changes. This results in a more thorough workout and an increased caloric burn.

    Fun fact

    Prior to 1974 and between the years 1995 to 1999, there was no speed limit in the state of Montana.

    "Take a 10-minute walk and vary your speed as you go"

    June 29, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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