The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Nice Neck Stretch

    Here is a quick stretch, helpful after long sitting or working. Done right, it stretches the neck, upper body, and side of the body, helping restore muscle length to tight muscles:Put one hand behind you, as if in an opposite back pocket (photo at...

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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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  • Get Fit in Colorado at the Wilderness Medical Society Meeting

    Check your calendar for a healthy trip to Colorado. The Wilderness Medicine Conference and Annual Meeting will run July 21-25, 2007, in Snowmass, not far from Aspen.I will teach two fun workshops at the meeting on July 24. You don't have to be a m...

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  • New Fitness Fixer Index

    By the time this post comes out, we hope to be making our way across Colorado. We are on our way to teach Fun Workshops in Colorado in July.I won't have e-mail access to get or reply to comments for the next two weeks. Enjoy the posts that will co...

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  • Which Stretch Stops Back Pain by Making Neutral Spine Possible?

    What can you do if you're too tight to stand and move in neutral spine? A common lower back pain occurs after long standing, walking, and upright activity. The most common cause is exaggerated inward curve in the lower spine - a bad posture called...

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  • Exercise and Medicine Underwater and at High Pressure

    For the next week, I will be at scientific meeting of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). My colleagues attending are flight surgeons, SEAL team captains, commercial divers, submersible and submarine craft personnel from navies of ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Hip and Quadriceps Stretch Lying Down

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - The front of the leg and hip are helpful places to stretch. Here is another nice stretch for the front of your hip and thigh.People often "do" a quadriceps stretch without getting a stretch. They keep the front of the...

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  • Grand Rounds 3.41 Calls The Lunge "The New Pink"

    Thank you to Grand Rounds 3.41 this week, hosted at the blog Over!My!Med!Body!, for including my post Leg Exercise That Helps Your Back - Why The Lunge? In a hospital, Grand Rounds is a lecture for doctors about a patient or topic. On the web, th...

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  • ER Nurse To Her Own Rescue

    Reader Barb wrote:"Thanks for yet another great post. I am an ER nurse and see the horror of chronic back pain on a daily basis -- the disability, depression, and addiction that eliminates any quality of life for the sufferer and their family. Eve...

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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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