Thursday, June 26, 2014

Exercising CAN Help You Feel Better

Sometimes exercise is like showering or brushing our teeth; we do it because it’s what we’re supposed to do.  But what if exercise could actually make you feel better?  It can.  In the end, all exercise can improve our body, but there are specific workouts designed to help with physical problems.

Millions of Americans are plagued with back pain.  It is one of the main reasons for doctor visits every year.  To avoid pain medication, people sometimes turn to exercise for relief.   One popular DVD is "Back in Shape" with Mimi Solaire. Using breathing techniques and gentle stretches, Mimi focuses on strengthening and conditioning your back, and increasing spinal flexibility.  This, in turn will decrease your risk for further muscle strain or back pain.

A book that has over 600 five star reviews on Amazon is "Becoming a Supple Leopard".  The sub-title is "The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance".  Sounds great!  This book contains 400 pages of text and pictures demonstrating exercises to help you reach your physical potential.
Have you ever had a pain in the neck?  And no, not an annoying person - but real physical pain.  Most of us have.  That's why Desiree Rumbaugh has created the DVD "Yoga to the Rescue for Neck and Shoulders".  Desiree uses Anusara Yoga poses to alleviate pain and stiffness in this delicate region of the body.  The postures work to bring your body back to its natural alignment.  
The DVD contains a 30-minute tutorial breaking down each movement so that when you do the actual workout you can smoothly move through each pose.
Is exercise the magic pill for all our illnesses?  Of course not, but an increasing number of medical professionals are "prescribing" it for their patients.  With our collection of fitness DVDs and books, you can fill that prescription (for free!) at your library.


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