The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Thanksgiving Health

    "How good it is to have friends visit from afar"- The first lines of the Analects of Confucius(Confucius is the Western name of Chinese scholar K'ung Fu Tzu)Every year at Thanksgiving, some of my students are far from home or without a family to v...

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  • Make Healthier Cleaners

    The post Junk Food Through Your Skin? about making your own healthier skin and hair care products brought in many notes from readers asking for more.Fitness is not just in a gym. Health comes from all your actions. Commercial cleaners may have tox...

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  • Mischief is Not Good Exercise - Halloween Ahimsa

    The third harvest is here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Hunter's Moon is bright in the sky.The last harvest of fall is a time of endings and beginnings. More than a commercial holiday of destruction and gruesome death, the approaching winter was...

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  • Dr. Bookspan Inducted to Hall of Honor - National Organization of Underwater Instructors, NAUI

    It was my honor to be notified recently that I was inducted into the Hall of Honor of the largest non-profit scuba diver training organization in the world.The award is for my work as a scuba instructor, teaching divers and diving leaders, as a di...

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  • Hospitalization Increases Fractures In Elders

    A study of men and women ovA study of men and women over age 70 found two to three times more bone fractures occurred following a hospital admission compared to not being in a hospital. The risk of new fracture was greatest during the first year a...

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  • Thank You Distractible Mind's Grand Rounds

    Thank you to the blog Musings of a Distractible Mind for including my post New International Academy Using Jolie Bookspan's Methods in this past week's edition of Grand Rounds.Dr. Rob writes: "Getting fit can prevent the need for drugs... Jolie Bo...

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  • Using Abdominal Muscles is Not Tightening or Pressing Navel to Spine

    Tighten your neck! Sound comfortable? Tighten your legs and walk around! Sound sensible? Yet, many popular exercise programs have insisted on the erroneous practice of tightening abs. I have written articles, posts, and books on why this is not be...

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  • Change Common Exercises to Get Better Ab Exercise and Stop Back Pain

    Holding a straight pushup position is sometimes called "the plank." Holding a plank is often done in a way that reduces the exercise benefit, trains unhealthy habits, and increases compression on your spine.Look at the photo at left. The first boy...

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  • Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing - More Part I

    Nice e-mails and requests came in after Part I last Monday about the overlooked training habit which slowly impinges and tears the rotator cuff. Here is one that covers the points from all received so far.Reader Hanson writes:"Thank you Dr. Booksp...

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  • Rocky IV and Healthier Exercise

    Even before Actor Sylvester Stallone made news this week for stating he used the performance-enhancing drug growth hormone, I was preparing a post about him. His movie Rocky IV was on television. Not long after this movie came out in late 1985, I ...

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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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