Cynthia Akey

Healthy Body Basics

Cynthia Akey is a health, fitness and wellness professional. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and coaching stiff and aching individuals who want to live healthier lives.

As a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and wellness coach, she offers a welcoming, accessible, and purposeful approach to yoga and fitness. 

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Short on time but know you need to exercise? Adding small bouts of exercise — as little as one minute — into your day can make a big difference to your health and your well being. Here are eight workouts to get you moving and working on the five pillars of fitness: cardio, mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance.

Cardio keeps your heart and lungs healthy while circulating oxygen and energy throughout your body. You can get your cardio in at home, work or anywhere you have the time and space to perform a no-impact movement like marching in place or jumping jacks.

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It gets more difficult to stay warm as the winter temperatures drop. Putting on more layers of clothing or doing cardio can help keep you warm, but yogic breathing techniques and movements can also increase your body temperature right away.

Twisting stimulates circulation, creating a heating effect in the body. But before starting a twisting practice — seated, split kneeling stance, or while on your back on the floor — it's important to follow these guidelines:

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Your feet are the foundation for almost all movement. But most of the time they're stuck in inflexible footwear and tend to be forgotten in our self-care routines. Keeping each foot mobile, strong, and flexible is important for improved posture and movement.

Walking barefoot in public isn't really an option due to safety and health concerns. But exercising barefoot in the safety of your own home is a great start building foot strength and flexibility. 

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Breathing is the most natural thing we do. But how often do you really take a deep breath? Breathing is an involuntary and automatic process, but it’s one bodily function that we can voluntarily change and control.

When you’re busy, anxious, or stressed, you may notice that your breathing pattern changes – you may be taking shallow breaths, holding your breath or even gasping. This is the best time to take a deep breath.

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Have you thought about your posture lately? Probably not. We tend to live our lives without giving much thought to how we stand, sit, or sleep until we experience an ache, pain, or injury.

Poor standing posture can include locked knees, rounded shoulders, or a misaligned head or neck. Slouching or slumping may hurt your spine, affect your balance, and decrease your flexibility.

With poor standing posture, you may feel:


WUWM wishes all of our listeners a pie-tastic Thanksgiving this year.

We hope you have the opportunity to spend time with those who matter most.


You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday... well, here’s a day to give back. This national initiative celebrates giving and encourages individuals to give better and give smarter during the holiday season. Support organizations that matter in your life. Give back to your community.

Black Men in Prison: Why are so many Wisconsinites behind bars, and what are the costs?

In the 2010 Census, Wisconsin had the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in the nation. One of every eight black men of working age is behind bars. In Milwaukee County, more than half of African American men in their thirties have served time in prison.

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Market Enginuity is pleased to announce Renee Gilbertson as a Corporate Sponsorship Sales Representative for WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee Public Radio.

Sunday, August 4th is UW-Milwaukee Day at Wisconsin State Fair.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 • 9 - 5 p.m.
Wisconsin State Fair Park - Central Park

Come learn what’s new at UW-Milwaukee and visit Milwaukee Public Radio’s booth in Central Park.

Meet WUWM’s on-air journalists – Marge Pitrof (9 am to noon), Bonnie North and Amy Kiley (3 - 5 pm).

WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee Public Radio has partnered with Market Enginuity, a Phoenix-based company, to grow future corporate support for the station.

As WUWM wraps up its fiscal year on Sunday, June 30, there is 9% left to reach the $1.6 million membership goal in the next 3 days.

WUWM's latest Project Milwaukee series explores the growth of green energy in Wisconsin.

The Promise and Reality of Green Energy in Wisconsin

During Morning Edition and Lake Effect, WUWM News reporters and Lake Effect Producers will examine factors prompting interest in renewable energy, and how Wisconsin compares with the rest of the country.

Farewell to WUWM 2

May 13, 2013

Due to increased costs of streaming, WUWM made the difficult decision to end our music stream, WUWM 2: Music 24/7, so that we could devote those resources to our main channel, WUWM 89.7 FM and at

You can still enjoy our blend of hand-selected, eclectic music on WUWM each weekday evening from 8 pm until midnight on WUWM@Nite and It's Alright, Ma, It's Only Music.

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WUWM hosted it's first-ever Volunteer Appreciation Night on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Fourteen volunteers attended and were thrilled to tour the station, meet the on-air staff and meet each other. Volunteers had the opportunity to meet Bruce Winter, Marge Pitroff, LaToya Dennis, Susan Bence, Ann-Elise Henzl, Marti Mikkleson, Dan Harmon, Jason Mohr, Maria de Jesus Dixon and Cheryl Locher.

General Manger Dave Edwards gave a speech recognizing our volunteers' efforts - from working concerts and events to assisting with office operations - every bit makes a difference.

Wisconsin has 1,244 Vietnam Veterans listed on the Wall in Washington, D.C. Join the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s effort to collect and preserve photographs of every Wisconsin Veteran listed on the Wall. Each photo represents a life, each life a story. More than 600 photos still need to be collected. Help put a face to these names and honor those who lost their lives.

Thank you for helping Wisconsin ensure that the sacrifices made by these brave men and women will never be forgotten.