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Last night I returned from a four day trip in which I did not take my computer. And guess what? My back feels great!

Anyone who spends a lot of time in front of a computer can tell you that sitting is very hard on the body. So, here are a few easy stretches and exercise to get your body moving and keep the stiff muscles from taking control. I know you’ll find, when you get moving, the brain gets fired up as well.

  1. The Wrists

To keep wrists from staying in the same position for too long, take frequent breaks to roll hands in circles, shake them out and pull back gently on your fingertips.

  1. The Legs

One of the simplest exercises to get legs moving is to march in place. Stand up, make sure the area is clear, and march in place for one minute (or several minutes). Feel that blood flowing? Marching is a great mini-break.

  1. The Neck

A stiff neck is the worst. Several times a day, take a break, look to the left, hold it and count to twenty. Now look to the right, up and down. Hold each one for twenty seconds. That only took eighty seconds and it was so easy.

  1. The Whole Body

Now it is time for a walk. It doesn’t have to be long, a trip to the mailbox, to the next floor to hand-deliver a memo, or to the corner and back, is very refreshing and in addition to making your body feel better, hopefully you picked up a new idea along the way.

Exercise is healing for many. If you’re in the mood to be inspired, try picking up this award winning book:

flowing2Flowing with the Go: For what seemed like a lifetime and probably was, Elena Stowell wandered aimlessly in a personal prison of self-doubt and lack of purpose after her fifteen-year-old daughter Carly died suddenly before her eyes. By some combination of miracle and necessity, she walked into a Seattle area Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gym and rolled for the first time in her life. Through that experience and others that followed, Elena discovered the tenets of the martial art form and healing were the same. With a ripping raw honesty and refreshing balance of humor and introspection, Elena’s story reminds us to never stop panning for the gold within ourselves.

And here is a book to help readers meet goals. Whether it is exercise or something completely different, this is a great read:

working on your nowWorking on Your Now (WOYN) by Lori Beard-Daily is a guide to help you plan your life’s course, no matter what stage you are in on your journey. Within its pages you will discover how to take ownership of what WOYN means to you, what WOYN looks like to you, and how you will embrace your WOYN. It provides a solution for how to get started when you are not sure where to begin. It is a wake-up call to your senses. It does not have all your answers, but it does give insight into many of your questions. This book is not intended to be a quick fix that will inspire you for a moment and then have you go back to your same routine after you’ve finished reading it. This book is a thinking book. It is a doing book. In other words, you think about what you want in life, and then you go out and do it! YOU make it happen.

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