The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Do Military Chants Help Running? - The Jody Calls

    When I was in the military, we ran. A lot. Every day. I love to run fast. When we ran, we sang. What did we sing? What they told us to sing - How much we loved to run. How much we loved everything about the military. Why? It kept us from saying wh...

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  • Back Pain From Running

    One of my areas of injury research for both Army and Navy aeromedical systems was preventing back pain from running. Disease Non-Battle Injuries (DNBI) from exercising in the gym and doing PT is a huge military issue - grounding far more personnel...

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  • Fast Fitness - More Plank Chess and Success Photos

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - strong mind in a strong body - readers Paul J and son sent in their success playing their invention - plank chess:Paul J writes:"This time we played a complete game."We had to hold the plank during our turn."Once aga...

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  • Thank You Dr. Donnell for GrandRounds

    Thank you Dr. Donnell for the big work of hosting Grand Rounds vol. 10 no. 3 this week.Dr. Donnell's Notes from Dr. RW included my post Carrying Schoolbooks Is Not the Cause of Back Pain, calling it, "ergonomically smart book carrying."Grand Round...

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  • How Doctors Use The Wall Stand

    A reader wrote in that he tried the "wall test" done by standing with your back against a wall. The wall test is a quick general assessment to see if you can comfortably stand up straight, and if not, where the tightness exists that prevents it. T...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds

    Thank you Dr. Bongi, for hosting Grand Rounds on New Years Day on his site Other things amanzi. Bongi is a surgeon in Mpumalanga, South Africa.Hi chose my post Grate Christmas as one of the best medical posts of the week, saying,"jolie bookspan ch...

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  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery Unnecessary

    After injury to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee (ACL) it is common to be told that surgery is the only way to restore function. Is it?Ninety percent of ACL injuries in the U.S. are treated with surgical reconstruction. A study reported ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Balance, Strength, Stretch, and Socks

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness with a new debut - web movies!Fitness Fixer reader David D of Belgium has been making us many helpful mpegs. This one shows how to get several important physical skills and daily built-in fitness as a lifestyle by simp...

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  • Disc Pain - Not a Mystery, Easy to Fix

    Discs are tough cushions between your spine bones (left-hand drawing). They are living parts of your body. When you bend forward, the front of your vertebrae (back bones) squeeze closer together. The space between the back of each vertebrae opens....

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  • Fast Fitness - Develop Ankle Stability Sense While Stretching

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - prevent a common source of overstretched lateral ankle ligament, which is one contributor to repeated sprains - turning the ankle when stretching:When you stretch your hip and legs, or sit cross legged or in yoga pose...

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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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