Section I: What My Core Program Will Do for You Chapter One: What Every Woman Needs to Know Can you imagine having all the energy you need, all the time? Nancy, 32, has it. "Sitting at the computer all day used to leave me feeling drained. But now that I'm doing the core exercises, I don't feel like I've been run over by a truck by the end of the day. After work I'm taking a course in art school instead of dragging myself home and collapsing on the sofa." Would you love to feel great every day? Maria, 42, does. "For the first time in much too long I feel terrific, from head to toe. I never thought I'd feel this way again. I was dragging myself around, always feeling as if I were just one step away from moving at the pace of my 85-year-old grandmother. Best of all, I can accomplish everything I need to do, from lifting and carrying to walking long distances. I can't thank you enough!" Is the notion of moving with ease and beautiful posture something you dream about? For Jenna, 47, it is a reality. "Finally, I feel graceful; my strides are fluid. When I catch a glimpse of myself in a store window I see a confident woman, not someone who looks like she carries the weight of the world on her shoulders." Do you wonder what it would be like to be able to summon strength anytime you needed it? Carol, 36, can. "My arms and shoulders and even my hands were losing so much strength that I could barely carry my groceries. I figured it was just a sign of getting older. Not only do I really appreciate being proved wrong now I don't have to think about whether I have the strength I need. It's always there." Would you like to rid yourself of aches and pains once and for all? Leslie, 40, did it. "Whenever I played on my company's softball team I felt it the next day. Back strain. Shoulder pain. Now I'm a star hitter and the day after a game I can savor the victory not try to soothe aches and pains." Is the idea of having dependable stamina immensely appealing? Ellen, 37, knows how great it is. "I've been jogging for a few years but I was getting more and more worn out from it, partly because I was having a lot of discomfort in my hips. Now I enter mini-marathons, and keeping up with my husband is no trouble at all." Core Benefits You can enjoy all the benefits described above, and more, if you will give fifteen minutes a day to performing the Core exercise program I've used with such success for the women I treat in my practice. Moving through your busy life with a strong and supple and pain-free body is your right because that is how nature intended you to be. I'm going to show you how to restore to your body what your life as a woman saps from it. Why I Wrote This Book One morning a few years ago, I was on my way to work. As I stood, surrounded by other riders on a slow-moving bus, I started to observe how some of the women aboard carried themselves. I've had this habit for a long time. Even before I became a physical therapist I was always fascinated by the way people and especially women held, and moved, their bodies. A well-dressed, fit woman in her forties who was standing next to me kept tugging at the strap of her obviously overloaded carryall. Her whole body leaned so far to the right it seemed as though the carryall had a gravitational pull all its own. Near her, a woman in her twenties, who was sitting, tilted her head to an extreme angle as she talked on a cell phone. She continually rubbed her neck, which was obviously hurting. Then there was the tall thirtyish woman who carried fatiguBrill, Peggy is the author of 'Core Program Fifteen Minutes a Day That Can Change Your Life' with ISBN 9780553380842 and ISBN 0553380842.