Exercise: working out with benefits

    Greetings from the Ridge.
    For a mere $79 you can buy a yoga mat that will roll itself up.  I’m not kidding. Health and wellness enthusiasts who want to take the time and put forth the effort to do yoga can now save themselves the awful strain of rolling up their own mat. Seems to defeat the purpose but since I’m not yet a yoga enthusiast I’ll leave each to roll his own.
    It reminds me of walking through the health spa on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in the Caribbean. I’m at the age now where I spend more time protecting and rubbing my joints than giving them a workout, but these get-healthy-quick places always hold a fascination for me. I guess I keep looking for an exercise program that requires no actual exercise. I strolled into the Carnival spa to find the most amazing assortment of workout equipment in a well-lit air-conditioned area that more resembled the lobby of a fancy hotel. The girl behind the desk asked if I was there for a full workout or simple toning. I held up one flabby arm to demonstrate that my cellulose was way beyond repair and perhaps major surgery might be more in order. She smiled and told me that the surgeon was out but that I could have a look around, so that’s just what I did. Devices that pull, that stretch, that limber and loosen, tuck and roll and pucker and plop... an astounding array of muscle builders and bone crunchers such as I’d never seen in my life.

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