A number of readers have asked for some thoughts on setting up a home gym. Being a minimalist in most spheres of life, I enjoy just a handful of tools that help me use movement with my own body weight to improve mobility and functional strength. Read more about Suggested Resources for a Home Gym
A common risk factor for spraining an ankle is wearing high heels, especially when walking on uneven terrain. If you wear high heels or did in the past, your fore-foot and mid-foot regions can likely benefit from some simple mobilization work, which is best done by a willing partner.
This video presents a brief look at how to mobilize your toes, metatarsals, and the articulations between your metatarsals and row of cuneiforms, cuboid, and navicular bones. Read more about How to Mobilize Your Feet
Given the number of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that make up our feet and ankles, I have long felt that rather than spot treat areas of pain and stiffness, it makes more sense to work at improving overall blood circulation and joint play throughout the many articulations involved. Read more about Exercises for Foot and Ankle Pain
This is a video for those who have requested a simple routine of mobility exercises while remaining upright.
In this video, I use a dowel at times to help maintain balance. You can use a broomstick, golf club, or any other similar object, or you can try doing everything without support, which will help you develop your balance and proprioception. Read more about How to Work on Your Mobility While Standing
As mentioned in this video, many of us can use more extension through the spine. A sedentary lifestyle often leads to shoulders that are rounded forward to some degree, which puts the spine in some degree of forward flexion, which is what gradually robs intervertebral joints of their natural capacity to extend backward. Read more about Exercises for a Stiff Spine
This post offers a collection of dietary and lifestyle guidelines that I have found to be helpful to people looking to overcome ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel conditions.
Because these guidelines are designed to take burden off of the gastrointestinal tract, following them can also help relieve common symptoms of indigestion, including bloating, excessive gas production, acid reflux, constipation, and diarrhea.
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
The contents of this website are the opinions of Dr. Ben Kim unless otherwise noted. The information on this website is not intended as personalized medical advice and is not intended to replace the relationship that you have with your primary care provider. Any decisions you make with regard to your daily choices and medical treatments should be made with the help of a qualified health care provider.