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Stretch or Hurt: Your Choice

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

How do you like doing all those exercises? I have a tip for you. Do the exercises or hurt.

My wife’s cousin Carolyn shared a caution with us some years ago that I thought worth passing on. Here, I’ll read her email:

"I can stretch and workout or I can hurt." I know this. I've known it for twenty years. Yesterday I skipped it as I attempted to make every minute count, working on several projects. Sunday: nearly pain free. Yesterday: Tin Woodsman needing oil can. Today: wall-to-wall pain. Lesson: "I can stretch and workout or I can hurt." My choice.

These days I’m taking those words to heart. I like sitting at my desk writing these scripts, but if that’s all I do, I pay the same price Carolyn paid.

And I have to be intentional about exercising. I’m no good at doing it out of habit. I have to pack my work-out clothes the night before, put the gym shoes on first thing, and go to the gym before doing much of anything else.

If I do that, I can keep relatively limber and not hurt. Forget to do that and I turn into the Tin Woodsman.

What do you do to get up and out? I’d love to hear. Jot me an email or make a comment below.

Ed Zinkiewicz

...the retired guy

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Do you really want the basics? Try these:

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