Classical Stretch

I set a record by completing one of my New Year’s resolutions on January 1st! How did I do it? Well, I didn’t wake up sick like I did on January 1st of 2017. Dr. Myron Wentz who developed the test for diagnosing Epstein-Barr virus infection, said “Families are living too short and dying too long.” There is much we can do to reverse this trend so we can live longer and die shorter—one is simply move our bodies. At this time of the year, much of the population recommits to incorporating exercise in their lives so I want to share one form of exercise I really like.

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Miranda Esmonde-White, author of Aging Backwards, created an exercise routine called Classical Stretch which is designed to rebalance our bodies, increase mobility, and keep joints healthy and pain-free. You can find her on PBS. Apparently her television workout series has been the #1 fitness show on Public Television for over 18 years. She believes, “The human body is designed to age, slowly not rapidly. We’re designed to stay young well into our senior years. Gentle, regular exercise is all you need to do to keep your body feeling young.” Miranda Esmonde-White seems to be one who is aging backwards because she is currently 69-years old and still going strong!

I describe Classical Stretch as a combination of Thi Chi and Yoga. Each 22-minute routine is designed to work all 650+ muscles using continuous, fluid movements. I record her workouts on the television and I have purchased her workout DVDs on eBay. You can also purchase the workouts on her website. To view sample  Classical Stretch routines, click on this link: Classical Stretch by Essentrics - YouTube - YouTube