Healthline Blogs

  • Fast Fitness - Stretch For Menstrual Cramps

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - a stretch to help relieve the ache of menstrual cramps and the same pain from uterine cramping after sexual relations:Person with cramping lies on back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor or bed.Partner sits at their ...

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  • Forearm, Upper Body and Hand Exercise

    During the part of the year that we live in the United States, we have a luxury - a washing machine. You put clothes in it, and it washes them for you. You come back later, hang out the clothes, and the Earth dries them for you. Luxury.Recently th...

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  • Change Daily Reaching to Get Ab Exercise and Stop Back and Shoulder Pain

    When you lift your arms, do you lean back and increase the arch of your lower back? It is unhealthy body mechanics if you do - photo at right.Arching your back to raise your arms reduces the stretch and exercise on the shoulder, and increases load...

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  • Fitness Tests - Do They Do What They Claim?

    A number of conventional standardized fitness tests, surprisingly, are not accurate. They do not test what they claim to test. To get real answers that you can use, it is important to know if you are doing what you think you are doing.An example o...

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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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  • Prevent Knee Pain When Rowing

    Rowing can be fun, and good functional exercise.To prevent knee pain when rowing any craft or machine that uses foot bracing, foot wells, or other foot counter-force, do not push off the ball of the foot, pictured above.Keep your heels down. Push ...

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  • Need Meat and Dairy to be Healthy and Active? A Physician Comments

    Letters from readers come in about the various vegan and vegetarian athletes with success stories on Fitness Fixer.Jay Gordon MD, FAAP, FABM, Assistant professor of Pediatrics at UCLA comments. Click the arrow to run the short movie:[youtube=http:...

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  • New Year's Resolutions

    This spring I will be offering two opportunities to learn breakthrough techniques in person to fix pain, and get stronger and more flexible. People come from all over and have a fun time.The spring workshops are "Fix Your Own Back Pain - Medical B...

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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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