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Life Lessons from an Orthopedic Surgeon

One day in Snowbird, Utah, a snowboarder hurled out of control into one of the world’s most prominent sports medicine doctors.

Burt Mandelbaum
Bert Mandelbaum

Bert Mandelbaum,  a Santa Monica, California orthopedic surgeon, has treated famous athletes, such as David Beckham.

And he has helped create some of the most successful injury prevention programs, including FIFA11+, the program promoted by soccer’s governing body.

But on that day he was on a ski trip with his family, no doubt a much needed break from the challenges of battered flesh that dominated his work-a-day world.

Then in a flash, as he writes in his new book, The Win Within: Capturing Your Victorious Spirit (Greenleaf Book Group Press), the doctor became the patient. Continue reading Life Lessons from an Orthopedic Surgeon

New Study Measures the Power of Health Advisors

Ever wonder how your health might change if you worked with a personal trainer or some other sort of health coach? Possibly quite a bit, according to a new U.S. government study published today.

Photo by Donkeyhotey.
Illustration by Donkeyhotey.

On average, it found that people who are overweight and have at least one other risk factor for heart disease could lose significant weight, cut their risk of diabetes in half and improve their cholesterol and blood pressure as well.

Based on that, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended some sort of “behavioral counseling” to everyone in this category. Continue reading New Study Measures the Power of Health Advisors

How My New IDEAFit Sisters Can Keep You in the Pink

So there I was at 7:15 in the morning last Thursday, the only man surrounded by 140 women doing yoga, most of them young enough to be my daughters. And I was thinking, “Did I take a wrong turn?”

IDEA World Blogfest Workout
IDEA World Blogfest Workout

The answer I decided by the end of my four days at IDEA World Fitness Convention, was “absolutely not.” But it took me a while to know that.

IDEA World brings together fitness professionals — especially personal trainers — from all over the world to exchange ideas about getting people in shape.

This year it included an optional two-day seminar on fitness blogging, essentially a meeting of 140 people within the larger meeting of 12,000.

Pink Sports Bra

When I signed up, I knew I was in for a feminine experience. Continue reading How My New IDEAFit Sisters Can Keep You in the Pink