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I thought exercise was supposed to make you feel good - and good about yourself. I thought it was supposed to make you feel happy - not depressed. I thought alternating weight-bearing and water exercise was a way to let muscles recover and reduce the soreness. So what gives?

For me, exercise feels good in two distinct ways and both are longitudinal. One is how my body changes and handles everyday tasks better. With a four pound weight loss, my feet are cramping less. There's a little more definition in my calves. The second is self-image. There's a pride that's born of sticking to something that sucks when it doesn't feel good.

First it made my migraines horrible and then it caused me to have a ridiculously upset stomach, so I quit.

If I get out of my yoga routine, I will have tension headaches for the first two days I get back into it. This is simply because yoga is designed to insist that your spine be aligned. Everywhere else in my day I can slack. If I don't keep that baseline of alignment up, then my neck hurts when I go back.

And the yoga book I have -- Power Yoga -- has some suggestions for the upset stomach.

So, how important is it to participate in some kind of new-age/mind-body exercise?

This depends on you. I need the alignment reminder and something that takes care of the boredom.

- Kate
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