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Jill W.

Jill W.

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    1423 days
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    94 days
  • Completed 1585 challenges
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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.
  • Ginger P., Lauren K., Bobbie D., and 16 others smiled at this

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    I loved hese as a child. Now, not so much. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank EEE's to Lauren K! Sweet words form a sweet friend.

    Stand up straight, facing a wall, with your arms up over your head and palms resting on the wall. Take your right hand off the wall and stretch your arm up and slightly behind you, moving it as far back as you can comfortably go. At the same time, lift your left leg out behind you as far as you comfortably can, making sure to keep it straight as you do. Hold this position for three seconds, then return your arm and leg to their starting positions and repeat twice more. Switch sides and complete three stretches using your left arm and right leg.

    Why it matters

    Strengthening the muscles in your lower back, primarily the erector spinae muscle group, can reduce the risk of spinal injury and back pain. Plus, strong lower back muscles improve your posture by helping to keep your back straight and tall as you sit and stand.

    Fun fact

    There are three types of fish that have a backbone: jawless, bony, and cartilaginous.

    "Build the muscles along your lower spine with 6 standing opposite arm and leg stretches"

    July 29, 2015 at 13:34 UTC
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    I will peddle my pedal machine. No bridges. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank EEEE's to Vicky P!

    Lie down on your back. Bend your knees and put your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Place your arms down by your sides, palms down. Push your weight into your feet and shoulder blades and lift your buttocks off the floor. Squeeze the muscles in your backside together and hold for 5 seconds. Release and return to your starting position. Repeat two more times.

    Why it matters

    Popular in many forms of yoga, this pose strengthens the buttocks and low back muscles by working against gravity. Pushing your body weight into your shoulder blades can help with decreasing the roundness that often develops when your spine is pulled forward during daily activities (like working at a computer or driving, for example).

    Fun fact

    The video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Under the Bridge" was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Gus Van Sant, and is credited by the band as bringing them more fully into the mainstream music scene.

    "Try 3 bridge poses to build back muscles"

    July 28, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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    Holding on for balance allowed me to do this DC. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank EE's to my super friend Sally W! Love and hugs!

    Stand with your arms extended out to your sides, and lean your upper body slightly forward, bending at the hip. Lift your right foot out to the side and a few inches up off the floor. Hold for five seconds, then return your foot to the floor. Repeat twice more on your right side, then switch sides and complete three lifts with your left leg.

    Why it matters

    By leaning forward slightly while doing a small side leg lift, you are working against gravity to strengthen your abdominal and back muscles. The small leg lift also helps to improve balance. And all of this can together help you to stand taller.

    Fun fact

    According to lore, the sidecar - a classic cocktail made with Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice - was named after a WWI American army captain who was driven to his favorite Parisian bar in a motorcycle sidecar.

    "Improve your posture and strengthen core muscles with 6 standing side leg raises"

    July 27, 2015 at 13:43 UTC
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    I was able to do these. I liked the video! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Thank EEE's to William B!

    Sit or stand comfortably. Reach both arms up and tilt them forward so they are slightly in front of your head. Bend your elbows and pull your arms down, stretching to bring your elbows in toward your spine and your hands as close to the outside of your shoulders as you can comfortably get. Hold this stretch for three seconds, then return to your starting position with your arms overhead. Repeat four more times.

    Why it matters

    The latissimus dorsi muscle group is the largest of your back muscles. Simple exercises such as these arm pulls work to strengthen these muscles, and can improve overall back health as a result.

    Fun fact

    "Ginglymus" is the term for the elbow joint

    "Strengthen the muscles along the back of your rib cage with 5 seated or standing arm pulls"

    July 26, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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      Bobbie D. replied July 27, 2015 at 4:06 UTC:

      Jill, I love the videos that DC includes with some of the challenges. It makes it easier to do when I see someone else doing it. I hope you have had a good day and that Cleo has been being the bestest little dog! Have a blessed week. Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate ...see more

    • William B.
      William B. replied July 27, 2015 at 5:22 UTC:

      Happy Sunday Jill!
      Thank you too for the "E" today!!
      Hope you had a great day!!

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  • Raymond J., Kathryn K., Joyce W., and 16 others smiled at this

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    No knee hugging. I did mend over and clean up the mess that Cleo made when she got hold of a plastic bottle. She is very good at removing the tops from bottles. One time we had a partial bottle of water on the family room table and she took the top off without spilling the water. She left the bottle on the table because she is not allowed to take things off of the table. Our last dog, Liberty, would not touch a table laden with appetizers. Cleo is learning this trick. We have a ways to go. Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Lie on your back on the floor (if your floor is very hard, put down a yoga mat, blanket, or towel first). Pull your knees into your chest, lift your shoulder blades off the floor and clasp your hands together underneath your knees, getting your nose as close to your knees as you comfortably can. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then release.

    Why it matters

    Stretching your back muscles is very important, because it helps to relieve tightness. And back flexibility helps to build strength, because the muscles are better prepared to adjust to the work required for everyday activities like lifting.

    Fun fact

    The term "bear hug" refers to a traditional wrestling move, in which one opponent tightly wraps his arms around the chest and arms of the other.

    "Stretch your lower back with a 15-second knee hug"

    July 25, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
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    Thank EEE's to Lisa C and Annette S ! Everyone have a wonderfilled day!

    Stand at your kitchen table or any flat and sturdy surface that is level with your upper thighs. Place your palms flat on the surface edge. Take two to three steps backward and lower your chest toward the floor until your arms are fully extended in front of you and your ears are as close to your elbows as you can comfortably get them. Hold this position for five seconds, then bend your knees and walk your feet forward until you are at your starting position. Repeat two more times.

    Why it matters

    A fundamental yoga pose, downward facing dog (and this modified version) are great ways to get in a full-body stretch. In addition, this exercise will help to provide length and flexibility through your hips and low back, which is helpful for both posture and balance.

    Fun fact

    One of the most advanced poses in yoga, peacock pose requires practitioners to balance on their hands or forearms while keeping their bodies extended behind them.

    "Strengthen your core muscles with a modified downward facing dog exercise"

    July 24, 2015 at 15:04 UTC
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    Back scratching time! Have a wonderfilled day! Thank EEE's go to Jackie W, Sally W, Peggy C, and Brenda H!

    Stand up straight, with your arms hanging down by your sides. Keeping your arms straight, roll your shoulders back and reach your arms out behind you with your palms facing each other. Bring your palms together in a quick clapping motion, getting them as close to each other as you can (they won't touch, but that's OK). Repeat 9 more backward "claps."

    Why it matters

    This very simple activity stretches and lifts your chest muscles while pulling your shoulders back and down. It's great not only for strengthening the upper back muscles but it also lifts your body to promote good posture.

    Fun fact

    Kent French set the world's record for the most claps in one minute: 721.

    "Work your upper back muscles by quickly reaching your arms behind your body 10 times"

    July 23, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
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    So, my podiatrist says the toe is fractured and he put me on 2 weeks of antibiotics because of the cut on the other toe. This is all on my good foot. No wonder I could not get up. I thought it was broken. I am very bruised. He offered pain meds, but I refused. I can meditate and ignore pain. Everyone have a wonderfilled day.

    Stand up straight with your arms hanging by your sides. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, gently roll your head forward, bringing your chin toward your chest. Continue this rolling motion, bending at the waist and lowering your arms, head, shoulders, and upper back down as close to the floor as you can comfortably get. Take a deep breath in this position, and as you exhale, start to slowly roll yourself back up to your starting position. Repeat once more.

    Why it matters

    Your spine was designed to move! Rolling stretches such as this one help to stretch the vertebrae in your spine and can also improve spinal alignment.

    Fun fact

    The phrase "rock and roll" was first used by Cleveland-based radio DJ Alan Freed in the 1950s. Today, Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    "Stretch your spine with 2 standing forward bends"

    July 22, 2015 at 13:27 UTC
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    • Ginger P.
      Ginger P. replied July 22, 2015 at 21:18 UTC:

      Oh Jill... I am so sorry for you!!! Sending healing thoughts. If you need anything let me know

    • Bobbie D.
      Bobbie D. replied July 24, 2015 at 3:04 UTC:

      Jill, I'm so sorry that your toe is fractured. It is good that you saw your podiatrist and got some antibiotics for the cut on your other foot. Be gentle with yourself. Love you so much.

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