The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • New First Aid Training

    A new first aid training course has been developed by NAUI. The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) is one of several scuba diving training and certifying organizations. The first aid course is open to divers and nondivers.I was ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Sit On The Floor Without Back Pain

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - learn healthy floor-sitting, mobilize your pelvis, and use your core muscles and brains at the same time to move out of painful position to healthy comfortable sitting.Here is a technique to identify if you sit in a w...

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  • Strengthen Legs Without Knee Pain - Standing Lunge

    Many people know they need to bend "right" but don't because it hurts their knees.Bending right will not hurt knees. It will help fix one of the things that has been injuring them - bad bending habits which pressure and grind the joint.Good bendin...

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  • A Little Good Exercise, a Lot of Bad Food - Overweight Still No Mystery

    A recent study in Great Britain found that exercise alone won't prevent childhood obesity. They concluded that changing unhealthy eating is needed too. The study has an important message, and, as one of my patients who works an engineer building s...

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  • Sitting Badly Isn't Magically Healthy by Calling It a Hamstring Stretch

    You already know that sitting bent over your desk, steering wheel, and computer is unhealthy for your back. Then you go to the gym and sit bent over to touch your toes to stretch. It is the same bad bending. It is not magically different or health...

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  • Fast Fitness - Great Hip, Side, Leg, and Iliotibial (I.T. band) Stretch

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness. Stretching the side of the hip and ilio-tibial (I.T. band) does several good things. Here is a fast, healthy way to do it:Lie flat, face up.Place legs like clock hands, one to 10 o' clock, the other to 2 o'clock (or w...

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  • Fast Fitness - Mobilize and Strengthen With Serratus PushUps

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Strengthen and learn to use the often forgotten serratus anterior muscles and learn a good mobilization for your shoulders so that you don't get stiff, and become stuck round-shouldered when driving or typing."Serratu...

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  • Fast Fitness - Built In Functional Achilles Tendon Stretch

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - get a free, built-in stretch for the Achilles tendon in the way your legs need to stretch during normal movement.Every time you bend with the squat, keep both heels down on the floor (upper right drawing) instead of r...

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  • High Fat Diet Reduces Endurance

    Racers eat all sorts of things hoping to extend endurance. A long history of drugs and supplements have been used from illegal to unhealthy to useless to good common sense nutrition.Some racers load on unhealthful simple sugars hoping that will ma...

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  • Fix One Pain, Don't Cause Another

    When you stretch and exercise, especially if you stretch and exercise to improve your health, remember that the purpose is not to recreate unhealthy movement habits.Two similar letters came in recently.Reader Tina wrote:"Thanks so much for your po...

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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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