• Classical Stretch, My New Favorite Workout

    Have you ever seen the movie “Yes Man” with Jim Carrey? If not, it’s a really stupid movie, so don’t feel left out. If you have, you’ll probably remember the part in the movie where Jim drinks a ton of Red Bull energy drink, becomes a zhu zhu pet on steroids, and then finally crashes, HARD! OK, so what does this have to do with me? I don’t even drink caffeine, let alone energy drinks. (Trust me, caffeine and I are not a good mix…with the exception of chocolate, yum. Besides, remember, I’m trying to grow roots here!) Well, Jim Carrey’s energy bender actually looks a lot like me when I haven’t expended a little of my own natural energy. And the crash after? Yep, I do that, too. NOT PRETTY. Need proof, ask my husband.

    I can thank my abnormal amount of pent up nuttiness to my Grandpa Pyne aka the Energizer Bunny. It’s all his fault. Crazy genes. Anyway, what’s my deal? I can’t sit still, I constantly fidget, I have the attention span of a 10 month old, I bounce off the walls, I have a insanely difficult time sticking to task, and I drive people, but more importantly myself, bonkers. I don’t mean to. I’m not trying to be annoying or overwhelming. It’s just me.

    One thing that I have found that really helps get this wackiness under control is exercise. I have to do it every day. To some people, exercise is death. To me, it’s a necessity. It helps me take a moment to expend some unneeded energy, be present in my body, and sort of center myself. I’m not talking marathons here people. Just taking a jog around the block, going for a hike, popping in a exercise DVD, or even turning up a good song and dancing like a lunatic with my kids.

    Classical Stretch Season 8

    via Classical Stretch

    In January, I discovered an exercise program that has really helped me out. Not only has it helped me with my energy issues, but it’s slowly been reshaping my body, which is an awesome bonus! It’s called Classical Stretch, the Esmonde Technique, and you can learn more about it HERE. What is it? It’s a program designed by a woman named Miranda Esmonde-White, a former professional ballerina from Canada. Her website describes it as “a combination of scientific stretching, PNF, tai-chi, yoga, ballet, physiotherapy and chiropractic movements, plus Esmonde-White’s research and knowledge of specific exercises that will give you a longer and leaner body.” You stretch, rotate, do push/pull movements, and unlock tight muscles. At first it seemed kind of hokey and, dare I say, old lady-ish, but the results have been fabulous, and I feel good. Ding! Ding! Ding! I start my day with this and then I feel a little more centered and in control of myself. Check it out.

    Go to your local PBS station for air times and listings. Here in Utah it is on UEN at 8:00am MWF. Try it for two weeks and see what you think. And no, no worries, I don’t get a kickback for talking about this, I just wanted to share.

    Oh, and if you suffer from the opposite of me, lack of energy, this is supposed to be great for that to! If you don’t like it, no biggie. Find what works for you. For me, it’s helping and that is encouraging.

    After all, it’s hard to establish roots when you can’t keep your feet on the ground.

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