"Embrace" The Documentary

Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders.  We are a “thin at all costs” culture and at the same time, the U.S. has the highest rates of obesity and eating disorders in the world.  Embrace is a documentary (See the trailer here) that explores the pervasive…


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Text Neck

  Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and headaches you feel from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, too frequently and for too long.  A recent study shows that 79% of the population between the ages 18 and 44 have their cell phones with them almost all the time—It is especially concerning because young, growing children could…


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What the World’s Best Biomechanics Professor Wishes People Knew About The Real Causes of Low Back Pain

If you read my post last week about my Top 12 Favorite web sites, blogs etc, you know that I included Dr. Stuart McGill’s web site.  He is a huge influencer for me and for many other fitness professionals.  Dr. McGill has been a Professor of Spine Biomechanics for the past 30 years at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he has a laboratory and…


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My Top 12 List of Favorite Health and Fitness Blogs, Podcasts, and Websites

I love to learn new things and one of the many great things about being in health and fitness is that there are always lots of new things to learn about! Podcasts have become a real favorite way for me to keep up with things because you can listen as you cook, walk or commute. I was asked to share some of my favorite food blogs, websites and podcasts…


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What We Can Learn About Core Training From a Famous Spanish Architect.

When I was in Barcelona last year I was exposed to the amazing work of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.  There are no straight lines in his magnificent buildings, but instead lots of arches and curves. Gaudi was inspired by nature, and he observed that there are no truly straight lines in nature, that the most stable structures have arches and diagonal…


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Two Favorite Upper Back Mobility Exercises

  Keeping your upper back moving well is important for good posture and pain free neck, shoulders and low back. Unlike our lower back (lumbar spine), our thoracic spine or upper back is designed to extend and to rotate and when the upper back gets stiff, the lower back and the neck compensate causing pain. Why does the upper back lose mobility or…


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My Interview with The Happy Healthy Librarian, Debby Kastner

Debby Kastner’s blog and now FB page is one of my favorite and most reliable sources for information on healthy living.  I discovered Debby Kastner’s blog, Happy Healthy Long Life about seven years ago, just a few years after I started transitioning to a plant based diet. Debby is a medical librarian at a leading US medical center who's been in the…


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Squat Lunge Variations

Hip strength is super important. Strong hips support your back, help keep your knees track properly,  keeps you moving well, especially as we age and  and key for getting you up if you fall. I am a big fan of doing single leg work.  Single leg work is  great for  developing balance, core strength and hip strength.  When we walk or run at least 50%…


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My Interview with Olympic Athlete Dotsie Bausch

 Olympic athlete, Dotsie Bausch is on my list of “People Who Really Inspire Me.” I am very excited to share her story.  I first learned about Dotsie Bausch after watching her TED Talk “Olympic Level Compassion.” You can see her TED talk here. She has overcome so much and turned adversity into victory for herself, her country and for animals.  Before…


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The Best Way to Beat Back Pain is to Keep Moving and Wait It Out

  About 25% of Americans say that they have had back pain within the past three months.  Treatment of back pain with opioids has been a contributing factor to the crisis of drug addiction in this country.   New guidelines recommended by the American College of Physicians say that non drug therapies such as massage, superficial heat, spinal manipulation,…


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