At my age almost everywhere!  I wake up stiff in the morning especially if I haven’t exercised for a few days.  And sometimes during the day I feel my back and shoulders aching from stress or tension.  I also noticed if I’ve sat too long in front of the computer that my muscles tense all adding up to a big pain in the neck. Today was one of those days.

From personal experience I can say that my exercise regimen has helped immeasurably. I go to the gym at least three times a week for one hour.  It is imperative I take classes because if I would rely on going through a routine on my own I would be done in a millisecond. I need a coach. Someone to prod and push me.  Someone who won’t sympathize when I groan or let me slack off in any way. I need a taskmaster.

Of course I could work out one-on-one with a trainer.  I have done that but I really prefer a work-out in class.  In a class I have other people working out with me. In a class, I have company and they are all suffering with me.  It’s true, misery does love company.

So, I take an exercise class. The key is to make sure the class has a good instructor.  That is vital!  Preferably one with an eagle eye, who calls out the person’s name  (that’s so embarrassing!) if he or she is not working to their potential. I’ve got two of those. There’s Fabi and like his name, he is fabulous!  His classes are energetic, fun and stimulating. Fabi not only works out the body, he works out the mind as his routines put to memory so many different steps that to recall them  invigorates the brain muscle as well. Then there’s Zimach, who I truly believe is inflicting his Israeli military training on us. His class is only 45 minutes long because if the class were to take another 15 minutes we would have to be carried out of the room.  Both don’t let up on anyone in class. Both provide exceptional benefits. Both work body and soul.

My physician is thrilled I am exercising.  Because I am exercising he has taken me off some of my medications.  I don’t mind getting on his scale either.  Not only have I lost weight, I’ve trimmed my shape.  As for the morning pain, well, I still get up with some aches but when I skip a class or two, my body rebels, urging me to run (not walk) to the gym. And then, all is better.