Healthline Blogs

  • What Does It Look Like to Not Use Abdominal Muscles?

    Readers have been e-mailing asking for more photos of what "the plank" and other exercises, or even daily life looks like if done in a way that doesn’t use the abdominal muscles as intended.In the top photo at left, you can see the badly arched lo...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 3.47

    Thank you to medical writer and chess fan Christian Bachmann for hosting Grand Rounds 3.47 this week at Med Journal Watch and including my post Gaze Perseid Meteors Without Neck Pain.Grand Rounds is a lot of work to do and has been called "the wee...

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  • Prevent Back Surgery

    I received an invitation to take a course to learn a new back surgery for damage to the facets. Facets are the joints at the back of each vertebrae (spine bone). The surgery was advertised as a good revenue producer.In the surgery, the facet joint...

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  • How Often Should You Be Healthy?

    A reader thoughtfully sent in the photos at left to help readers recognize unhealthy bending, and asked, "What is your advice when someone is having to bend to put dishes in the dishwasher? It just seems so uncommon to think to squat while loading...

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  • News from the ACSM Conference

    I am attending the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). There are many hundreds of studies, seminars, clinics, workshops, lectures of all sorts, running concurrently. It is like drinking candy from a fire hose.Dashing ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Children as Leg Weights

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Train children's balance and grip strength, use your legs, and have family fun.Have young children sit on your feet, and hang on (sensibly, parent's permission, and all that). Babies are born with a grasping reflex an...

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  • Fitness Myths - How Many Legs Does a Dog Have If You Call the Tail a Leg?

    How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?Four.Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.- Abraham LincolnMyths! Hype. Fitness has many.People argue over who is right about health topics, sometimes with unhealthful mental state. Th...

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  • Is Your Health Food Unhealthful?

    Most people know junk food when they see it at Halloween, coming next week. Would you recognize it in disguise now? In gyms and fitness centers, I see people buying expensive exercise foods and drinks advertised for "health" and "energy" that are ...

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  • Stuart's Community Health As A Lifestyle

    Stuart Wood has been teaching my work in his Tucson community to retrain healthy movement to reduce the high rate of strain-related injuries. Instead of doing rehab exercises after you strain yourself doing your work, you use healthy movement for ...

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  • Nutrition for Endurance Swim Training

    "Dr. Ernie" is training to swim the Cook Strait of New Zealand. We met him in May in Sixteen Miles of Cold Water, learned about cold acclimatization with him in Getting Fitter in 50 Degrees, and did Better Stretches for Swimming with him in Cook S...

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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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