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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Movement As Medicine: Spinning And The Self-Care Movement

Here's a very simple, powerful exercise that can be done in 10-15 minutes, is totally free, and requires no equipment. It handles most of the body's basic exercise needs:
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


Nancy Lebovitz said...

There's no description for the third exercise.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Steve, for posting this link. Since last Loscon, I've been doing the morning joint rotation exercise that you showed us at your Tai Chi session. I had something odd sometimes going on with my hips before, and this seems to have faded away almost completely. As you've mentioned them on this blog, I've been curious about the Tibetans. It looks like something that I can do - or at least something that I can eventually work up to.

Spoiler Alert!

BTW, I read Shadow Valley some time ago, and mentioned that I was in the process of doing so to you at a Loscon a couple-few years ago. I'm not a huge fan of "dawn of mankind" stories, but I enjoyed it enough to read your sequel too. I found Frog's easy transition to atheism in the first book a bit hard to believe, as many fervent believers of all sorts will simply not believe their eyes, if what they see contradicts what they believe. They'll find excuses in order to be able to hold on to their faith. I loved the inner lives of the tribe. The esoteric practices made their culture more rich and interesting.

I'm halfway through the sequel, which I'm enjoying more. I can't say exactly why this is the case. Perhaps it is because the protagonists are a bit more mature, and coming of age angst isn't the focus of the story. If there's a third, I'll read that too.

I really enjoyed the first Tennyson Hardwick story. I'm not a big mystery fan. I tend to read mysteries only if they attract me for other reasons. Usually, this is because they take place in other eras or cultures. This series has strong, interesting characterization though, and sometimes excellent interaction between characters, and some very life affirming warm spots. Of course, the adventure elements are fun too. I also liked the bits of history that are woven in. In the first book, I found the first sex scene a bit forced, though I know that it was meant to establish Tenn's connection to the murder victim. The second such scene though, with April, felt very natural.

This time, again, I found the sequel superior to the original. I really enjoyed Tenn's family dilemmas and victories. His conflict with the Heat was great, and the Heat was a complex, interesting antagonist. I detest "bad guys" who are shallow. The Heat's origins were believable and it is easy to see how they could become corrupted.

I might or might not reread the first Tennyson Hardwick novel, but I might well do so with the second one. And I seldom read books a second time. I also look forward to South Africa.

Anyway, you have given me things that I value, so I am responding with a bit of feedback.

BTW, due to the current economy, I've been mostly using the library, instead of buying books. What impact does that have on authors? Do authors who have higher circulation works benefit from library patronage? How is demand from the libraries themselves determined? Books by you that are more strictly SF or fantasy, I'll probably still buy, but mysteries, dawn or mankind, or other non-genre books, I'll likely still borrow.