The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Lunges and Beans

    To get a better lunge stretch and stop pressure on the medial knee (the side facing the other leg), don't turn your back leg outward (left photo). Turn your back foot parallel, and face forward (right photo)The previous post Hip Stretch While You ...

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  • Doorway Hamstring Stretch

    Here is a hamstring stretch that is relaxing to do, more effective than bending over to touch toes, and doesn't pressure the lower back or neck discs. The doorway hamstring stretch trains healthful positioning that makes straighter posture feel na...

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  • Knee Surgery - Arthroscopy Results No Better than Pretend Surgery

    A study of arthroscopic knee surgery found that the surgery was no more successful than pretending to do the surgery.Arthroscopic surgery for knee arthritis is performed in substantial numbers. Why? The patient's doctors said they needed it. Where...

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  • Fast Fitness - Push Ups with Neutral Spine

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - how do abs help your back? Only when you use them to:Abdominal muscles don't help your back by themselves. Support is not automatic. They don't fix your back pain by being stronger. Strengthening abdominal muscles doe...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 3.45

    Thank you David E. Williams at the Health Business Blog for including my post Hip Stretch While You Strengthen Your Legs in Grand Rounds 3.45.In a hospital, Grand Rounds is a lecture for doctors about a patient or topic. On the web, Grand Rounds i...

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  • How Many Sets And Reps Does It Take?

    Anton, Alberto (farioreo), and others have asked how many "sets and reps" of exercises and stretches will help. The answer is in a story my Mother told me when I was small:A young boy in school always made the same mistake in English. Instead of t...

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  • Functional Fitness as a Lifestyle By Mail Room Workers

    Peggy Santamaria wrote me that she was using my work, and my illustration Backman!™ to teach healthy movement to workers for a good day's work without injury and repetitive strain:"Hi Dr. Bookspan,"Very excited to report that I met with the Appala...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 5.13 - Best Posts of the Year

    Thank you to the blog A Chronic Dose for hosting the "Best Medical Posts of The Year" edition of Grand Rounds and including my post including my post Innovation in Abdominal Muscles.The web edition of Grand Rounds is a weekly collection of the bes...

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  • Thank You Doc Gurley For Grand Rounds 5.44

    While I was away teaching at the Wilderness Medical Conference (and backpacking to and from the conference), the blog "Doc Gurley" chose my post Weak Hips on Purpose? Running Injury and Hip Strengthening for Grand Rounds Vol. 5 No. 44.This is nic...

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  • Thank You Election Day Grand Rounds

    Thank you to the blog Nurseratchedsplace for including my post Body Farm Not Just For Halloween in this week's Grand Rounds.On the web, Grand Rounds is a collection of the best on-line medical posts from the past week. This is different from the G...

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M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

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

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