The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Reader Success - Using Good Bending For Shoveling Snow

    About two feet of snow fell over the weekend in the Northeast US. I got a lovely Christmas card shortly after. I wrote back to thank the sender for remembering me.KathyB replied,"I not only remembered you, I've had you on my mind, as I so often do...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 4.31

    Thank you Grand Rounds 4.31 for including my post Feeling Better Than She Ever Has Part I - Fixing Herniated Disk and Reclaiming Active Life among this week's selections for the best medical posts of the week.In a hospital, Grand Rounds is a lectu...

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  • Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Risk

    The British Journal of Cancer published a study finding that, "Exercise, including manual labor, cuts colon cancer (the most common kind of bowel cancer) by a quarter."(1)Another study by the Division of Population Science at the Fox Chase Cancer ...

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  • Supportive Hard Shoes Linked to Knee Loading and Arthritis

    A Rush University Medical Center study has found that supportive, stable shoes increases the load on the knee joints compared with flat, flexible footwear or going barefoot.Researchers compared gait and knee joint loading of 31 patients with osteo...

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  • Are You Making Your Exercise Unhealthy?

    Most people know that sitting badly at your desk, as in the left-hand photo, is unhealthy.It is easy to see that he is rounding his back forward. He is not sitting up. His ear is far forward of his shoulder (even with his shoulders so rounded that...

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  • Using a Handstand for More Than an Exercise - Real Life

    A reader wrote about the handstand against wall in the post Fast Fitness - Easy Handstand for Balance, Upper Body Strength -The Movie. GingerB said,"My Yoga teachers uses that, but you hold you legs at a right degree angle to the floor. It forces ...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 6.29

    Thank you Dr. Emer at Parallel Universes for hosting Grand Rounds 6.29 this week and including my article Surgery For Achilles Tendon May Not Improve Recovery among his votes for the best in medical writing this week.Dr. Emer wrote: "Dr. Jolie Boo...

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  • Fast Fitness - Sprain Prevention and Rehab Training

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - feel how your own muscles work to hold ankle position, so that you can have stable ankles without artificial shoe supports or bracing, which weaken the supporting muscles from disuse:Stand with feet parallel and look ...

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  • The Coming Two Weeks

    We leave in a few hours for Colorado and the Wilderness Medical Society Meeting.For the next two weeks, I'll have uncertain access to Internet, mail, or messages, to read or answer comments. I stored some fun posts for you. New Healthline staffer ...

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  • Tax Stretch

    The tax filing date is coming in a few days in the United States. Bending forward over a desk is a common source of sore neck and upper back.A nice stretch for the upper back is to stretch back.Stretching back reduces pressure on (unloads) the dis...

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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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