The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • What Abdominal Muscles Don't Do - The Missing Link

    Did you know that your abdominal muscles have the most important function when you are standing?The person in the photo is not using abdominal muscles to prevent a common overlooked cause of lower back pain. The upper body is leaning and sagging b...

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  • Lifestyle Fitness for Kids Through Gardening

    "Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration." ~ Lou EricksonInvolve children in gardening at any level. Getting outside to dig, bend, stretch, think, and create in the fresh air is health as a lifestyle - improving...

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  • Inspirational Update from Bill

    In May, blog reader Bill (Lieutenant William Slabonik) sent an inspiring story - Freed From Pain, He Rides Again. Bill had been told by several sources that surgery and disability retirement were his only options. He used Fitness Fixer information...

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  • Fast Fitness - Recycling and the Movie "Garbage Dreams"

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - Recycling trash is honorable and beneficial for people and Earth.The word 'Zabal' is a person who collects trash. The Zabaleen of Cairo are a class of people who for generations, have collected the city's trash by han...

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  • What Medical Students Told Me About Nutrition

    Early tomorrow we're traveling to the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to teach for a week at the Wilderness Medical Society medicine elective. I posted about the elective in December.This year I will teach the medical students the entire curri...

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  • Mr. America Urges Goodness and Responsibility

    Mr. Jim Morris is the 1973 AAU Mr. America and 1996 Mr. Olympia Masters Over 60. He is now 72. Mr. Morris is a vegan bodybuilder who reminds people that body building involves selflessly looking outward to do good, rather than focusing only on app...

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  • Ivy Fixes Neighbors Fitness - Making Results Last

    Ivy from New Zealand continues making her community healthier, one neighbor at a time. What does she do that helps so many? Here are just a few stories from her many updates:In December 2009, Inspirational Ivy wrote me:"Thought I would share this ...

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  • Fixing Posture - No Exercises Needed

    A widespread myth is that to fix posture you must strengthen sets of muscles.After spending time and money on strengthening exercises, people often wind up as stronger people with the same poor body position. The fallacy is that strengthening does...

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  • Respiratory Muscle Training for Swimming, Diving, and Running

    At the diving and hyperbaric conference three weeks ago, I attended sessions on respiratory muscle training for underwater operations. It is a topic of interest for those in charge of combat swimmers, and anyone doing physical training.In one stud...

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  • Lung Training from the Exercise Ball

    The week before I left to teach at the Wilderness conference, I taught my University yoga class entirely on an exercise ball. I will post about functional movement on a ball in weeks to come.We don't use three of the most ineffective things you ca...

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About the Author


M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.

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