Weekly Rundown

Trying to get back on track here, so I’m even posting it on a Monday to start the week off right! Can’t guarantee what’s going to happen next week, I will definitely be distracted by the Olympics 🙂 They were always on during my childhood, and I haven’t broken the habit yet.

This week was a good one: I got to exercise for longer periods and I only took one day off. The cold did stress my knee out a little, but I adjusted my workouts accordingly.

Monday: I hopped on the treadmill and did a preset workout for weight loss. I picked the 30 minute run, which, with the warm up and cool down, works out to about 2.5 miles running.  I had been so tired from work that I just didn’t want to do it, but it felt awesome and then I was so happy afterwards.

Tuesday: I had planned to walk on the treadmill and then do some yoga, and that is exactly what I managed to do! I did another, walking, weight loss preset on my treadmill for 30 minutes. It is a bit slow but it varies my speed so I don’t have to worry about changing my intensity, and I get to read on my tablet while walking 🙂 I did 20 minutes of yoga afterwards. I mixed in a lot of stretching poses with a few leg strength moves.

Wednesday: off, although since I knew I wasn’t exercising when I got home, I did 9 flights of stairs during my 15 minute break at work.

Thursday: another run day. I did a 30 minute preset workout, which ranges from 5.9 to 6.2 MPH–with a low of 5.6 and a high of 6.5 thrown in . It felt really good; and my breath was quite even while running, even with the speed changes.

Friday: I planned on walking and some weights, but regular life interrupted. I did manage a 20 minute walk on the treadmill. But I had to put heavier blankets on the horses as the temp was dropping again, which always takes a bit longer during the evening chores;  and I spent some relaxing time with my husband hashing over our day.

Saturday: I hopped back on the treadmill (although not in the morning as planned), and ran another preset for 40 minutes. It topped out at 6.8 MPH, and while my knee ached  a bit towards the end, it still felt awesome. I finished off with 14 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Sunday: I had planned a run, but since my knee was cranky, I decided on a long walk instead. The longest walking preset is 30 minutes, but I got around that by doing a 30 minute walk followed by a 20 minute walk for a 50 minute workout. I like doing the presets as they vary the pace, raising the intensity at times without my having to think about how long I have been going at a certain pace. I find I enjoy the treadmill much more if I don’t think about how long I have been on there.


Weekly Rundown

Another double week post–I need to catch up! We will see what happens next week 😉

Wish I could say I’m not writing ‘cuz I’m exercising, but that’s only part of it. I am happy to say that my workouts are getting longer, which is definitely a goal.  But then the rest of life gets in the way of writing about my fun.

I did get to run a lot the first week, which made me very happy. I hit the treadmill four times, and ran several miles. On  Wednesday I accidentally hit the stop key eleven minutes into the 30 minute run and simply started over. Forty minutes  later, I decided a 15 minute cool down followed by stretching  was a good idea. I felt deliciously tired 🙂 My knee was a little cranky, but fine the next day, so I can do that again.

I didn’t get quite as much running the second week, as we had some hiccups. On Tuesday I wanted to run on the treadmill, but we lost power at the house. It was on when my husband got home, but was off by the time he had finished cleaning out the driveway–we had a bit of an ice storm, which makes sense that we lost power. The weather people said it was going to be a warm day with downpours, but what we got was a frozen day with continuous drizzle.  Ah, Mother Nature.  We did get our power back, but a bit late for the treadmill. At least we got to cook dinner.

We went snowmobiling on Saturday and I was highly amused that my Fitbit gave me a ton of steps. I had resigned myself to a low step count for the day since we would be riding–I even considered getting up early to run to get some in. Of course, we left at 5:30, so it would have been really early. But over the course of 7 hours of riding, the Fitbit tracked 26,000 steps and 400+ flights of stairs. I decided to take it, as I was doing quite a bit of work, steering and bouncing around on the snowmobile. And when I went to rake the horse paddock the next day, my triceps protested quite vehemently! So I am pretty sure I worked out the day before, so I just did some yoga to stretch out in the afternoon.

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Weekly Rundown

Another week! And now the holidays are over 🙂 Time to get back to regular life. Thank goodness.

Monday: I got my 15 minute break at work and did eight flights of stairs while walking about the hospital.  When I got home I hopped on the treadmill and did the second Intensity workout. That lasts 30 minutes and does about 2.75 miles at varying paces. It’s actually quite nice not having to think about when I can be done, or if I am going fast enough.  Afterwards I did my plank, holding for 2 minutes and 50 seconds, with 15 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I was waiting for my new sneakers, since running the previous day was not as fun as it could be. I was also extremely tired, although my husband talked me into  taking the snowmobiles out back for a brief ride up and down the field. That was pretty fun 🙂

Wednesday: What I didn’t take into account was that on Wednesday we had my husband’s work Christmas party, which meant that we had to leave immediately when I got home from work. So another day off! But it was a good party.

Thursday: New sneakers arrived! I did a short run, not wanting to go too far til I had them broken in…or at least was sure they wouldn’t hurt my feet. So I just did 20 minutes of the 30 minute Intensity workout. Followed by, of course, the plank: 3 minutes, 16 push-ups.

Friday: another day off. I had final errands with the husband for Christmas (in the first snowstorm of the weekend). I did mange 8 more flights of stairs during my break at work. I figure if I only took three days off the week before Christmas, that really isn’t too bad.

Saturday: Workout by Mother Nature! I had to roof rake our two canvas buildings, one is the “hay barn,” and the other functions as my husband’s garage. It takes about twenty minutes for each one, so that’s not too bad right? They had probably a foot or more of accumulated snow as we hadn’t done them yet this season, and the previous day’s storm dumped about eight inches on them. It was a wonderful arm workout! And my legs were a bit unhappy after  trudging through the deep snow. I rested up while cleaning the house (my family was coming for Christmas the next day), and then I got on the treadmill. I did the 30 minute Intensity workout again–my goal is to get comfortable with it and then do it on the incline. We’ll see. And, of course, I did my Challenge: a 3:10 plank with 16 push-ups.

Sunday: I snuck in some yoga before my family arrived. I really wanted to get on the treadmill and use those sneakers again (they are quite nice!), but we lost power during the night. That was due to the second storm of the weekend, which sadly,  was basically ice. The  electric power website said we should be up and running by 8am, and we were. Which made it easier to stagger the dishes for the meal!

And I finished (finally) my Challenge, doing my last plank for 3:20 with 17 push-ups. Skipping the days I didn’t do an actual workout  during the Challenge was easier, but also meant I didn’t go as far as I could have, had I done it everyday for a month. On the hand, I did end up with a 3+ minute plank, which is really not bad.

I think my next Challenge will be easier! Although I suppose that would not be very helpful.


Weekly Rundown

Some weeks I feel like I am exercising just fine, but then I look back at my week and realize that while I did exercise, the days were short and scattered.  I suppose that is normal during the holiday season. At this time of year, any exercise is good exercise!

And I meant to finish and post this yesterday, as it is the previous week’s, but then Mother Nature stepped in and rained ice on Maine Saturday. We lost power, and while that came back on Sunday morning, the internet didn’t come back til this morning.

Monday: took the day off.  I had to get the car picked up from the body shop before they closed, and it was close-we got there with 15 minutes to spare. When we had that lovely So’Easter in October, my car got whacked by a falling branch and it punched my sunroof down about 2 inches. I was pretty concerned that we were going to get a heavy, wet snow and I was going to find the sunroof in my car some morning. Took them six days, but my car came home looking better than new (they detailed it, and it was shiny and pretty!).

Tuesday: I wanted to do a fast mile on the treadmill before weight training. I really wanted to see how fast I could do a mile, and planned on increasing the speed to see just how fast I could get.  I reckoned without my engagement ring, that caught the stop key and pulled it off, stopping my run suddenly. I started up immediately again, but am a bit unsure about the exact time for the mile. I’m going with 9 minutes–I was hoping for better. I did get up to 7.2 MPH, which is the fastest I’ve gone yet, so that’s a win. I followed up with my standing weights routine (3 x 15), which took 16 minutes. And, of course, I managed to get my plank  and push-ups in.

Wednesday: a nice relaxing day, I did 30 minutes of Candle Light yoga. Followed by a 2:20 minute plank with 12 push-ups.

Thursday: I decided to do the second Intensity pre-set workout on my treadmill.  The first one was simply walking for 20 minutes, and this one was 10 minutes longer. Imagine my surprise when it kicked up to 5.9 MPH and I was running! Then, 7 minutes into the routine my dang ring caught the emergency stop key again. After a minute of thought I just restarted the same workout, and ran through it start to finish. So I ran for 37 minutes and just over 3 miles. Felt pretty good too! And I didn’t forget my  challenge (although I wish I could),  but I did try it without the push-ups. I can do the core of the plank just fine, but–as with my Burpee challenge–my arms are not loving it. Even without my push-ups, my arms rather hurt half way through the 2:30 plank.

Friday: off

Saturday:  A furious final Christmas shopping trip with Ellen. I didn’t really need much, but it was wonderful to be with my friend, and I did find a few last-minute stocking stuffers. Plus, we got a LOT of steps in. When I got home I did manage to walk  Daisy 1 mile, although not as quickly as she would have liked. And I did do a 2:40 plank with 14 push-ups after.

Sunday: off. I had a plan: Cleaning, then exercise on the treadmill. But by the time I was done with all the chores,  it was 9. I decided to can the exercise because I really needed breakfast by then. I knew I wouldn’t get to exercise later as we were having family over for a visit (thus all the cleaning). And while I was eating, they called and said they were only 20 minutes away! Very quick shower later, I was ready to spend the day with family 🙂


Weekly Rundown

Ever start a challenge and really hate it half way through? I guess that makes it a good challenge. But geez, can 12/24 get here, puleese? My arms are so very not happy with me. And I’m not good at it: I think I know how long my plank should be and how many push-ups I should do, but then I go to write it down and realize I did that same thing the day before. Oops!

The rest of the week went well, although I think I need new sneakers. The gentleman who sold them to me said they were good, but when they go, I would know it. And I do. They last around 500 miles, so I guess that means I had a good year! Thank goodness I have no interest in marathons or ultras, I don’t think I could afford the replacement shoes.

We were busy enough at work that I missed a few breaks during the week, so not too many stairs. I figure if I am running on the treadmill, the stairs take the place of all the hills for the winter. Hill work is important!

Monday: I wasn’t planning on running, so I did a bunch (7 flights) of stairs during my walk break at work. I jogged up every other set, and was a bit flushed when I went back to my little office to register more patients. When I got home I did 35 minutes of Candle Light yoga. I want to try to do the practice at least once a week to help stretch out my muscles. Maybe my next challenge will be a yoga challenge? I could rock that.  Speaking of which, I did a 1:40 plank, with 8 push ups.

Tuesday: 40 minutes walking on the treadmill at 3 MPH. Followed, of course, by a 1:50 plank with  9 push ups.

Wednesday: 2 miles running on the treadmill at a very easy 5.2 MPH. I felt very good doing it, and followed up with 10 minutes of yoga. I finished up with 1:50 plank with 9 push ups–there’s the first oops.

Thursday: A brisk treadmill walk of 1.8 miles at 3.6 MPH.  I probably could’ve gone a little faster, but I was relaxing a bit. No Daisy to push me along like she does out on the road! She is not impressed by my treadmill, she runs in and out at will, wondering what I might be doing on that thing.  And, not to be forgotten, my plank of 2 minutes and 10 push ups.

Friday: off

Saturday: whoo-hooo, I got out on the road. It was just a quick 2 mile run, but it was a nice morning out. My shoulders hurt as my arms swung in time with my stride, so I decided to do my plank later. Only then I got busy cleaning and helping my husband and I rather forgot to do the challenge later.

Sunday: I did the 20 minute intensity walk on my treadmill. There are six pre-set workouts on my treadmill and I haven’t got around to trying any of them in the past year. So I thought since I am stuck on the treadmill for the winter (for the most part), I might as well try them. It was fairly easy, doing one mile at various paces over the course of 20 minutes. I finished with a 2:10 plank with 11 push-ups. That would be my second  (or third, if you count the day I forgot) oops. Hope I do better next week! On the bright side, my abdomen is looking better anyway 🙂

Weekly Rundown

Ok, it is the crazy time of year. I guess holidays are always a bit on the chaotic side. So I should be used to it, right? And yet, somehow, every year I am surprised.

It’s a good chaos, with family and friends. And work going nuts. And wreath making/decorating as fast as possible. And fun events to go to.  And, meanwhile, normal life keeps rolling, requiring feeding of the dogs, washing of the dishes, and, really, must I vacuum again?

I am happy to say that since I feel better, I am making an effort to keep exercising. It helps keep me sane, too. I love taking my break at work and going for a walk, even now that I have to do it inside. On days when it is too busy to skip out on my desk, I just don’t feel the same.

Monday: I did my 15 minute break at work, and made sure I did as many stairs as possible (7 flights). I figure the stairs work my legs as well as a hill. I managed another walk with Daisy before it got too dark after I got home. Don’t imagine we will get too many more afternoon walks til spring. We did a brisk 1.32 mile in 22 minutes, followed by my plank, at 1 minute with 4 push-ups.

Tuesday: off. I did do a walk with 7 flights of stairs during my break at work.

Wednesday: I didn’t do any stairs during my break because I was planning on running and I finally figured out all the stairs was making my running kinda painful. I guess I need to get those muscles in shape to do both in one day….slowly. I ran into a bigger snag when I got home, however. The light blew in my library–it’s one of those stupid domes that need the screws removed to change. And the lamp in the library would work either (still haven’t figured that out). I was on the verge of running in the dark–cuz, dammit, I planned on running!–when I realized my treadmill dashboard is not backlit and I wouldn’t be able to see time or distance.  So I did 30 minutes of weights instead plus a 1:10 plank with 5 push-ups. And my husband fixed the light later 🙂

Thursday:  I did do stairs during my break at work, I figured, what the heck! Only 6 flights, but I jogged up the last 2.  Then, finally, a run on the dang treadmill! I did a nice (as it gets on the treadmill) 2 miles, followed by a 1:20 minute plank with 6 push-ups.

Friday: off. I had to run errands in the afternoon, with Chinese grabbed on the way home for dinner. Not a bad day, in all.

Saturday: A run on the road! Funny how 3.4 miles on the road is soooo much easier than 2 miles on the treadmill. Frosty morning, but lovely for a run. I did a 1:30 plank with 7 push-ups when I got back.

                 now, I know I have small hands, but I don’t think that is a deer track…got moose?

Sunday: another walk with Daisy. We did 1.42 mile in 23 minutes, then she got to watch through the window while I did some hill work. Instead of sprints, I did four regularly paced passes up the hill. The first was roughly 75 yards long, and I added about 75 yards to each run up. Gotta admit, the last one pretty much sucked! And then I still had to plank for 1:40 with 8 push-ups.

Weekly Rundown

Another flown by. At this rate Christmas will be yesterday! It was a good week, and I didn’t even eat too  badly at Thanksgiving.  The weather has been cooling off, and I noticed it seems to be affecting my knee a bit, since the knee is bothering me more. Not enough to slow me down….much!

I started a new 30 Day Challenge on Friday. I thought the time from the day after Thankgsiving to the day before Christmas would be an appropriate period to do a Challenge and keep exercise (and not food) in my mind.

Plank Challenges are floating around, so I kinda came up my own. I can plank fairly well, although I am not sure how long I can do it as I haven’t timed it recently.  We will find out soon enough 🙂 I started with 30 seconds, and added a push up. With each day I add 10 seconds, with a push-up at the 10 second mark. Currently I am up to 60 seconds with 4 push-ups.

I really enjoyed the results of my Burpee Challenge, particularly my core. I didn’t actually want to do Burpees again, so I thought planking with push-ups should work my core as effectively.  I am doing it a bit different this time, as I am going to take the day off from the Challenge when I take a day off from exercise.

Monday: off

Tuesday: treadmill walking, 31:30 minutes at 3 MPH. Just didn’t feel up to running. I have been walking at work on my fifteen minute break, and now that I can’t walk outside, I am back to walking the floors and stairs. I find that since I haven’t done it since last winter, stairs are hard. And running after trotting up the stairs is harder!

Wednesday: a day off due to my beautiful new refrigerator! The seal on the door of our fridge has been going, to the point where we occasionally leaned a heavy chair against it so it wouldn’t pop open when we weren’t home. We finally decided to get a new one, and my husband went to pick it up. We had a friend come over to help move it in, so when I got home from work I had to empty the old one, then clean behind it after they moved it out. And help  settle the new one, and then quickly put everything back in the fridge. By then it was time to feed the horses, feed the husband and sit back to enjoy how nice my new fridge looked in my kitchen 🙂

Thursday: Thanksgiving! Except, it wasn’t really for us as my family was doing it on Saturday. But we cooked a small turkey and fixings and had it for dinner after a busy day of making wreaths. I made myself get on the treadmill before lunch and did 2 miles in 22:06. Not terribly fast, but we have a love/hate relationship: I love to hate being on it.

Friday: my first day of  actual yoga after a long, long time. I have been mixing in my yoga stretches, but haven’t done an actual yoga practice in, well, months. At least, it feels that way. And I have to say, it was pretty dang awesome to do a full 40 minutes! I started the Plank Challenge too, doing 30 seconds and 1 push-up.

Saturday: a quick mile on the treadmill to start. It was 9:41, and I started low, but kept pushing up the speed until I ran the last quarter-mile at 6.9 MPH; which was the fastest I have gone so far on the treadmill. I followed up with 15 minutes of weight lifting and day two of Planking.

Sunday: a nice day so I took advantage for a short run on the road. It was a slow 2 miles, but it felt good and I wasn’t truly concerned with the time. I was just out there having fun. And, of course, when I got back I stretched and did day three of Planking: 50 seconds with 3 push-ups.

Weekly Rundown

The week after my illness wasn’t terribly productive or exciting, so I thought I would do a two-for this week.

The first week I did about 20 or so minutes walking on the treadmill for most of the week. Oh yeah, I did 11 minutes of yoga after one of those walks. On the bright side, at least I was moving again!

I worked a bit harder last week, although not what I should have done–I think. But I ran and lifted weights and on Friday I was wiped! Guess I didn’t bounce back quite as well as I had thought.

Monday: Quick 9:59 mile (my legs didn’t understand why it should be that quite that quick), followed by 21 minutes of weight lifting. I didn’t do much legs, but I did my arm sets of 3×15–no extras this week! I did a few more minutes of stretching, especially the legs, after the lifting exercises.

Tuesday: more walking on the treadmill. I did 25 minutes, starting at 3.0 MPH and working up to 3.8 MPH by the end.

Wednesday: another quick run, 2 miles in 21:15 minutes. But this one was outside on the road in the brief time I had before dark when I got home from work. Probably by my last afternoon run, as I skipped right home, changed and headed out immediately and the sun was still sinking  when I got back in my driveway. The run itself felt fabulous!! I thought the hill was going to kill me  after all my time off, but I was too busy thinking and was at the top before I knew it. After that, I just ran as fast as I could and managed two very decent mile (for me) times. And it felt good doing it 🙂

Thursday: off

Friday: Thursday was a planned day off, but Friday was off just because I was too tired to do anything.

Saturday: a busy day trying to get everything done for winter around the house. First thing I did was carry and stack some wood (I call that walking and weight lifting) for 20 minutes in the basement. Then I helped my husband stack some more wood in the wood shed as he split it, but that involved a lot of waiting so I didn’t call it exercise. I took Daisy for a quick walk, and she was ready to go after sitting around for the last couple weeks. We did the first mile in 16 minutes, and the second in just over 14 minutes. When we got back I needed to walk (and fix) the fence line before letting the horses out back. They had been locked in the barnyard–again–after the pony got out–again–for the week and I wanted them to go run the friskies out. They are in the barnyard for the winter, I think, as when we came in that afternoon from gathering evergreen tips to build wreaths, there was a pony in the driveway. I am thinking of renaming him Houdini.

Sunday: a rainy day, so not quite as busy. House cleaning, followed by wreath decorating (my husband ties them), and more running on the treadmill. I did a mile, realized I was whupped, did a half mile walking then another mile running. More wreath decorating followed before, finally, sitting down and watching the Patriots game.

Weekly Rundown

So two rather momentous events occurred last week. The first one affected just about everyone in the area, but the second only affected me.

First, Maine got hit by a So’Easter. This little storm came in late Sunday night and knocked out power to over 500,000 households, businesses, and schools. The winds gusted at 60+ miles per hour, knocking over trees and tearing down limbs. Some trees snapped, while others were dragged out by the roots.
I tried to go to work at 5:30am and found both possible roads to town blocked by fallen trees stretched out across the road. I tried again after the sun came up at 7:00am, and found even more trees down. At which point I called out from work and sat in a powerless house with the puppies.
My husband came home in early afternoon and started the generator so we at least had tv and dinner. Later that night we lost internet too–apparently the power line and the internet line come in from opposite directions, so the internet lasted a bit longer.
We were fortunate that we had a good generator, and could shower and live mostly normal lives. It did get a bit tiresome having to get up early to start it, buy gas to put in it and turn it off so we could go to bed. And I found out the limitations when I tried to water the horses while the oven was on.
But it was more than many people in the area had. The local power companies did a good job, getting 30,000 to 50,000 people power each day. But we were off the grid for seven rather long days. Thankfully, internet actually came back at the same time as the power.

The other thing that happened last week is that I developed anaplasmosis.  This a nifty little issue caused by ticks. I found a tick on me on last Thursday and pulled it off, and thought little of it. We have so very many ticks, I pull dozens off the horses, and I have developed a rather carefree attitude towards them. That may change.
Sunday night (72 hours later, the incubation period) I developed some violent chills. Like, “I couldn’t hold a glass of water without spilling it” shudders, followed by intense heat flashes. Now, I was going to go to work anyway, but the storm prevented me. So I spent most of the Monday sleeping.
I did head off to work Tuesday, and had a bit of trouble getting there without falling asleep.  My biggest symptoms were fatigue, hot/cold flashes, dehydration, queasiness, and muscle aches. And I couldn’t drink coffee!! The horror! I wanted to eat (and drink coffee), but my stomach didn’t agree.
I finally went to the doctor’s on Wednesday. She confirmed that I did in fact have a tick borne disease, and wasn’t impressed at all that I been going to work. Like a good girl, I took Thursday off. That was a good compromise right? I went back on Friday before resting up all weekend. The doctor put me on doxycyline, which seems to work fairly quickly as my symptoms have mostly faded.

The upshot of all this is, of course, that I did not exercise at all over the past week. Guess I have to work harder this week!

Weekly Rundown

I gave into my foot and didn’t run at all last week. The withdrawals were pretty bad. But I made it!

Otherwise, it was a lovely week. Good weather and lots of walks with Daisy. She does love it when I can’t run 😛

Monday: Took Daisy for a walk, it was pretty brisk pace except I took a bag to collect pine cones for the wreaths we make. We did 2.16 miles in 38 minutes, although she was chafing whenever I stopped to gather the cones. Afterwards I took Christopher out to lunge in the riding ring. He was VERY frisky, and there was much cantering and a little bucking and kicking. It was pretty windy, which usually winds horses up as they can hear things far away that they have no frame of reference for, which makes them rather flighty. Not sure what he was hearing, but it made him rambunctious.

Tuesday: off, with joy.

Wednesday: another walk with Daisy, gathering more pine cones as we went. Then she watched from the chair while I did some weight training.  I have been doing my set of standing arm/leg positions recently, but haven’t  been on the floor. I got down on the mat for my front leg lifts, reverse plank mixed in with flys and triceps for 20 minutes. Afterwards, I took Charby out back to the ring where she was just as frisky as Christopher had been the day before as l lunged her.

Thursday: off again 🙂 I could get used to this two days a week off.

Friday: I had to work late, but I managed to get home before dark and walked Daisy up the hill to look at the sunset. It was a pretty  2 mile brisk walk, even with photos and meeting my neighbor, with Daisy tugging me along.

Saturday: a longer walk with Daisy,on  my own personal 5k trail. We did it fairly quickly, the first two miles in 17 minutes, with the last just under. I had planned on doing weights again, but we had wood stacked in the basement that was shifting and would soon  be in a mess on the floor. Since it was right under our bed, we really didn’t want it falling over at night! I spent an hour moving and restacking the wood in a different location in the basement, and I think that was enough weight training for my arms. I still managed to get out and ride Charby late in the afternoon. We took a nice 30 minute ride in the ring; and, as usual, she was a great girl.

Sunday: more weight training-ie, more wood stacking. The pile had swiftly formed over my head, so not only was I using my arms and core to lift the wood, I used a small two-step stool as a stairmaster too. Fortunately I had taken Christopher out for a ride first thing in the morning before the wood fatigue hit me! I finished off the day with 30 minutes of Candlelite Yoga. It is primarily stretches and relaxing, which I needed after all that wood.