The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Secret To Get Better and Fitter

    What magic secret exercise or machine or supplement makes you fitter?Fitness Fixer reader Jilly wrote in to ask:" I am a 65 yr old woman and have no strength in my upper body; I cannot push myself up even by 1 inch but just lie floundering on the ...

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  • Fix Neck, Play Hockey, Use Brain, Fun Life

    Rich Tarpinian, IT systems engineer, musician, hockey coach, and vegan, fixed grinding neck pain, back spasms, disc pain, and tension-type headaches. He had not been comfortable sleeping in any position. Rich said the neck grinding and discomfort...

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  • Fitness and Health as a Lifestyle for Thanksgiving

    If you think you won't have time to exercise over the Thanksgiving holiday, here is good news. This post will show you how to move in healthy ways so that you have healthy exercise built-in to all the cooking, shopping, furniture moving, and socia...

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  • Fast Fitness - Balance and Ankle Stability in the Dark

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - quickly improve balance and ankle proprioception - the ability of the ankle and foot to correct positioning, reducing sprain and fall potential.This one helps balance for daily life, and also helps footing in darkness...

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  • Indiana Jones Rocket Sled

    The new Indiana Jones movie came out this past weekend, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It is set in 1957 with fun fitness and iconry of the era, for future blog posts. Today - the Rocket Sled.In the early part of the movie, Indiana Jones and th...

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  • Working In An Underwater Lab

    I am a scientist in human physiology. I study how the body works in extremes of environments. I lived on mountains and underwater. I slept outdoors in snow to study cold adaptation. I spun pilots in centrifuges until their faces looked like shar p...

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  • Fast Fitness - Fixing Arches, Knock Knee, and Knee Pain Without Orthotics

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - Stop one major source of inward-turning knees (knock-knees). Click the movie arrow to run:Look at your bare legs in a mirror with feet facing straight forward. See if the knees turn inward to face more toward each oth...

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  • Daughter's Love Saves Parent's Knees

    A special story came in. I had been answering inquiries from a reader who wrote me to ask how to stop her mother's knee pain, and after her mother was better, to help her father. I was charmed by this good daughter who wanted to help her parents. ...

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  • Which Shoes Help Exercise, Fall Prevention, and Ankles?

    We are in the cold, damp Tennessee mountains for the rest of the week, teaching at a medical school program of wilderness medicine. It should be warmer than home in the Northeast US where it's snowing, and the Schuylkill River, and water bottle on...

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  • Less Pain Means a Happier Lisa

    Reader Lisa H wrote in:"I had not (previously) successfully implemented healthy movement habits. Your books are allowing me to comprehend the importance of doing so. This knowledge is permitting me to enjoy the benefits that come from less pain. L...

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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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