TALK about stating the bleedin' oblivious.
Of course, it's good to look after yourself.
But I don't mean just in the preventative, watching what you eat sort of way. I mean, when something goes wrong: don't just wait for a pill or a magic massage. Often, there's stuff you can do yourself, activity that makes you better. Do I know whereof I speak? Madam, unexpectedly I do.
Recently, my back started hurting. Sitting at the computer all day was probably the root cause, but a vigorous exercise class really ignited the agony. I took two courses of action, and I confess I don't know which of them cured me. Probably a bit of both.
I bought a book called Breathworks for Your Back, by Nancy Swayzee. It works the same way as oriental health: from the inside out (Western health, or certainly fitness, works from the outside in). Basically, you use a breathing method to push your lower back out. There are many exercises in the book, and I do only the first — for three minutes every morning. No need to go nuts.
But I also bought an inverter. Do not be alarmed. This Heath-Robinson contraption turns me upside down, pulling everything back into its natural position. And it's so relaxing. Again just a few minutes. Sorted.
Knees: these were starting to ache. So what did I do? The turtle. This is an oriental exercise that involves squatting with your thighs almost parallel to the ground and, crucially, your knees over your toes.
Now I never have problems with my knees. See? At 55, my back and knees haven't got worse. They've got better. I walk taller and my knees don't squeak. So if you get an ache, go on the internut, try stuff out but, most crucially of all, dae something.
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