The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Why So Many Aerobics Injuries?

    A recent New York Times article quotes aerobics teachers and devotees saying they now have painful, chronic injuries from years of aerobics classes. Why did this happen?I receive frequent e-mails from aerobics instructors, many only in their 20s a...

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  • International Martial Arts Association - Weekend Event Nov 10-12

    Next weekend my husband Paul and I will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association (EUSAIMAA).Every November they hold an exhilarating weekend of training, seminars, and events for hundreds of marti...

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  • Don't Fall for "Don't Sit Up Straight"

    An article getting much attention in news and blogs carries the headline, "Don't sit up straight." Many people have been overjoyed to read this. The news articles state that recent studies say not to sit up straight due to the pressure it puts on ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Pro-Social Behavior Improves Health of All

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Doing selfless good is not only for the benefit of the receiver. Move your body and brain to make a happier world, passed on like a game of tag.Lily is one of my martial arts students. She writes:"In my Psychology cla...

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  • Quick, Feel-Good Upper Back and Chest Stretch

    Today 37 new students were waiting when I came in to teach yoga. I was their New Year's Resolution. Most were sitting bent over forward, rounding their back to stretch. When I walked through the gym to get to the teaching room, I walked past a gym...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 5.17 - In Sickness and Health

    Thank you to the blog In Sickness and in Health for hosting Grand Rounds this week and including my post New Years Resolutions for Fitness Success - Reader Hall of Fame in the list of best medical posts of the week.Grand Round host Dr. Barbara Ki...

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  • Fast Fitness - Fixing Your Handstand to Neutral Spine

    Last week's Fast Fitness showed a movie of how to step up into an easy handstand and get back down. This week shows a common pitfall - letting your lower spine sag under gravity - and how to fix it and hold neutral spine.My student Dennis, Olympic...

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  • Fast Fitness - Quick Warm Up

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Warming up for activity.No need to bicycle or jog 10 minutes:Do 10 lunges straight down and up, shown in yesterday's post. Switch legs. Do 10 more. Standing lunges quickly raise body temperature, increase circulation,...

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  • Trainers Don't Exercise Enough? Functional Fitness Needed

    A study making repeated news was that less than half the athletic trainers in a recent survey get a healthful amount of exercise themselves. Of two hundred and seventy five certified athletic trainers who work with athletes, only 41% themselves ex...

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  • Thank you Grand Rounds 4.09

    Thank you MexicoMedStudent for hosting Grand Rounds 4.09 this week. Grand Rounds is a lot of work for the person hosting. The web version of Grand Rounds is a weekly medical post that lists their choice for the best medical posts of the week.Mexic...

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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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