Muay Thai Monks on Horseback
E-mails have come in since I posted that we were on our way to the Monks on Horseback in the northern Thai mountains. Readers wanted to hear about our stay.We live in Asia part of each year. We traveled north to visit our friends and teachers who ...
Good Bending Strengthens Legs and Lifting Ability
BikaBill, one of the winners of the How To Sit Up Straight Contest, writes,"Ahhh, so good to be a winna!!!"Another recent success:"I'd bought a steel fire pit that weighs about 50 lbs, and when I got it last November I could barely move it more th...
Fast Fitness - Fix Positioning by Watching Others
Here is Friday Fast Fitness - a quick easy way to remember healthful body positioning for daily activity and exercise:To remind yourself of your positioning, watch other people.Reader Rich Tarpinian (Fix Neck, Play Hockey, Use Brain, Fun Life) wri...
Fast Fitness - The First Group Functional Training Exercise, Good Bending for Back and Knees
Here is Fast Friday Fitness - the first of the promised series of Functional Fitness Training (call it FFT or Bookspan Basics for now) that you can teach your teams, squads, classes, students, kids, groups, battalions, etc.Assemble your group in n...
Happy Mothers Day
Wishing everyone a Happy Mothers Day, for your mother, a mother, yourself, and Mother Earth.Click Healthy Mothers Day for health and fun.Photo by Araleya
Thank You HealthCare Reform Grand Rounds
Thank you Healthcare Technology News for including my post Prevent Back Surgery in this week's Vol. 5 No. 35 edition of Grand Rounds. They wrote, "Jolie Bookspan finds that a major overlooked part of health care reform is that many standard paymen...
Fast Fitness - Balance Contest!
Here is Friday Fast Fitness - another contest! Do you know what constitutes ability in balance as a lifestyle? Tell us!On the urging of reader Mr. Georges Nakhlé, I started the Academy of Functional Exercise Medicine (AFEM) to train people in heal...
Does Hyperbaric Treatment Heal Sprains?
The Utah Deseret News reported on a game where teens scratched letters into their arms. In March, a 14-year-old girl playing the game became infected with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly called "flesh-eating bacteria."The bacteria don't eat the sk...
Dr. Jolie Bookspan Earns Humanitarian Prize
I was honored to learn that for my work in world health, I have been awarded The Humanitarian Award.It will be presented this November in Pittsburgh.As a vegetarian, I have often heard the joke, "If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humani...
What is "Fitness as a Lifestyle?"
To many people, fitness means stopping your "real life," changing clothes, driving somewhere else, and doing uncomfortable things without similarity to movement in daily life. Then they go back to "real life" - slouching, bending wrong, walking he...