Could My Bed Cause Back Pain?

A made bed in our house is a very rare occurrence. A made bed in our house is a very rare occurrence.

No matter how old you are, when your back hurts you feel ninety.  Joe Pilates said, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”  I don’t normally suffer from back pain, but a few years ago, I had an ache in my low back that wouldn’t go away.  Nothing calmed it.  This was especially frustrating since I teach Pilates and I pride myself on knowing what is going on in my own body.  I understand a lot about what causes pain and how movement can help unravel it.  I stretched, massaged it, and did exercises.  They were the right things to do, but nothing helped for a prolonged period.  Nothing stopped the chronic pain.

I’d been dealing with the problem for a couple months when I went to visit my best friend Julie in Chicago.  Before my arrival, she mentioned taking a bike ride or doing a program that was like P90x.  I told her that was […]

Could My Bed Cause Back Pain?2018-02-14T16:52:02-04:00

Exercise All Around The House

If in our busy worlds you are going to make time to fit exercise in, one thing to do is to put reminders around and make it easy. Of course scheduling time for workouts (and then doing them) is important, but in addition sneaking in fitness throughout the day is beneficial. I live in a house where I have a full studio downstairs, but sometimes, quite pathetically, that is just too far away. If I’m really going to do a stretch that I know my body needs every day I need it to be even easier. So I have items to remind me at my desk, in the bedroom and in the living room.

I keep foam rollers and yoga blocks in my bedroom so I can stretch easily or foam before or after I hop in the shower. And I keep a ball at my desk so that I can stand up and do some occasional exercises when the mood hits me. I also have a smaller ball for self massage. I have a yoga mat, flexband, and stability ball in my living room. I will admit, I use these the least. When I go to the […]

Exercise All Around The House2017-09-12T19:31:30-04:00