Healthline Blogs

  • Back to School - Healthy Sitting

    The mind can only absorb what the tushy can endure. Better sitting can make better work along with better health. If your back or neck hurt from sitting, here is how to change it.You don't need special or ergonomic chairs, keyboards, or desks.You ...

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  • Married 63 Years With Good Balance

    Reader Joe Blatt recently celebrated his 63rd wedding anniversary. He was a Broadway choreographer and dancer.He demonstrates how to keep good flexibility and balance through the ordinary daily activity of standing to put on shoes and socks, and t...

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  • Fast Fitness - Fitness Tea

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - custom portable fitness tea, quick and inexpensive, no need for hot water:Put clean (or filtered) water in your own healthy bottle.Poke a teabag in the bottle. The tea will brew on its own in a short time, no need for...

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  • Are Your Shoes Too Tight?

    It is often taught that tight or snug shoes are needed for "support." However, tight shoes are not healthy for many reasons, or even needed. The posts Arch Support Is Not From Shoes and Which Shoes Help Exercise, Fall Prevention, and Ankles? expla...

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  • Students Balances, Listens, Fixes Father's Back Pain

    My student Ginger sent the photo at right taken on her recent camping trip. Don't try this at home. It takes balance training, concentration, and a few changes to standard back bend technique.Ginger is distributing the stretch along the spine so t...

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  • Respiratory Muscle Training for Better Health and Exercise

    At the American College of Sports Medicine conference last month, I attended an entire session on effects of training respiratory muscle function. Back when I was in school, we learned that the ability to breathe harder, better, faster, could not...

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  • Fast Fitness - Somebody Please Do My Personal Responsibility For Me!

    A couple was buying a house. The real estate agent told them a problem with the house was that it was near the train, rumbling noisily by every night. It would take the first two weeks to be able to sleep through it. "No problem, said the couple, ...

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  • Thank You Edwin Leap of Grand Rounds

    Thank you to Edwin Leap, MD for hosting Grand Rounds this week and for including my post: New Fitness Fixer Index.

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  • Headache From Head Position

    Certain headaches can be initiated or aggravated by tense facial muscles (squinting, scowling, furrowing brow), and by tight, tense, overstretched muscles in back of the head, neck, and shoulders, common with letting the upper body slouch forward...

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  • Carrying Schoolbooks Is Not the Cause of Back Pain

    A recent BBC news article echoed the common idea that children are getting back pain from carrying their books. However, carrying books is not the cause of the pain.The article continued how children often require "physiotherapy" for their pain. C...

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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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