Category Archives: Fitness

Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries

Recently the L.A. Times  had a story about classical musicians and repetitive stress injuries, sometimes leading to pain so severe it ended their careers. Repetitive stress doesn’t just affect musicians. It can strike office workers with carpal tunnel injuries, inflamed … Continue reading

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Hiking and Havasu Falls

I just got back from hiking Havasu Canyon.  It is located in the Grand Canyon, on the Havasupai Reservation.  The area is beautiful, hiking down with jaw dropping views, finally climbing down to waterfalls and amazing blue-green colored water. It … Continue reading

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Urban Walking

Last weekend I met some friends for lunch. We’d talked earlier, and they’d mentioned they’d found a new hobby: walking the city. Everywhere. They live west of downtown, and if they wanted ice cream at Water Tower Place, they walked. … Continue reading

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No Skinny People Allowed

Is this a good or bad idea?  A Canadian gym called Body Exchange thinks it is.  Personally I like to see a variety of people working out, those who are in shape and want to stay that way and those … Continue reading

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Gardening Without Back Pain Video

My last blog was about gardening and not hurting your back, check it out here if you missed it. Then I thought that it would be even more helpful if I showed how to do things right. So with the … Continue reading

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EXERCISE AND A SMARTER, YOUNGER BRAIN

Exercise can make you smarter and your brain younger, at least that’s what some research is showing.  A recent article in the NY Times Magazine by Gretchen Reynolds discusses this idea. It used to be thought that you only have … Continue reading

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Saving Your Back Gardening

It’s spring, and Mike Nowak has a new gardening show on channel 102 Comcast, Dig In Chicago. In honor of the new beginnings, we’ll talk about putting in a garden without hurting yourself. Let’s say you’re ready to dig up … Continue reading

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Strengthening the Core Video – Preventing Injuries

What if this New Year resolve was different? What if you made a resolve to get into shape and you got results? Too often people start a new exercise regime and it fizzles out. One reason for this is choosing … Continue reading

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RECOVERING AFTER THE MARATHON

The Chicago Marathon is Sunday, October 9th.  You’ve been training long and hard preparing for the big day but what about after the race and the days that follow?  What will help you recover faster? For that matter, what would … Continue reading

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LIVE LONGER : 15 Minutes = 3 Years

No it’s not bad math, it’s the results of a study recently reported in Lancet’s.  416,175 people in Taiwan were studied from 1996 through 2008.  They found that the low level activity group, people who did moderate exercise like brisk … Continue reading

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