Healthline Blogs

  • Grate Christmas

    Readers have been asking about overeating, drinking, not having time to exercise, and overstressing on the holidays. Is it unavoidable? How can you resist things that are bad for you. Of all times to mark an occasion that is meaningful to you, tha...

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  • Do Breathing Exercises Work?

    Often the simple act of breathing is made into a complicated ritual. People take classes to learn how to breathe in this nostril and out that nostril and four times slowly this way, and eight hundred times quickly that way. All you need is to rema...

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  • Technical Difficulties

    Articles intended for yesterday and today could not be posted. Blogger is having technical difficulties. No photos or graphics are uploading to Fitness Fixer. The scheduled posts that describe healthy use of kettlebell weights would not be as fun ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Relaxing Hip, Leg, and Groin Stretch

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - A nice stretch for inside leg and hip that does not involve sitting. It is called Rocket Ship:Lie face down. Feel both hipbones touch flat on the floor.Bring one knee out to the side. Don't rock or tilt to the side. K...

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  • Dinosaur of Grand Rounds 3.23

    "#1 Dinosaur" is the name of the family doctor who hosted Grand Rounds 3.23 this week, illustrating a theme of how things have changed, and not changed, in medicine.Thank you #1 Dinosaur for including my post When Did Health Become Thinking Out O...

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  • 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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  • Fast Fitness - Core Hip & Body, Posture Strength & Balance

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - training and challenging abdominal muscles to hold neutral spine.Use this, not as an exercise to "do," but to use to retrain neutral spine. Reader Mike, who did a A Whole Big Fix sent this photo to illustrate:Hold a p...

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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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