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Unilateral Spinal Rotation Exercise to Improve Posture and Back Health

This is a simple spinal mobility exercise that you can use to improve and maintain good posture and back health.

Start on all fours. Extend one leg behind you and keep it relatively straight with the balls of that foot anchored on the ground. Read more

 

What To Do If You Fall Through Ice

In a suburb of Ottawa, there's a river that mostly freezes over in the winter and becomes a trail for snowmobiling enthusiasts. This river narrows as it runs past the backyard of a friend of mine. Narrowing translates to faster water flow, which makes it less likely that the river will freeze over in that location.

My friend tells me that just about every year, one or two unsuspecting snowmobilers come ripping down the river trail and end up going through thin ice and drowning. Just a few years ago, a man and his young daughter tragically died in this way.

Even if you aren't into snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or other popular outdoor winter activities, it doesn't hurt to know how to maximize your chances of surviving if you fall through ice.

In the following videos, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht - a thermo-physiologist and professor at the University of Manitoba - shares tips on how to survive after falling into icy cold water. Below the video, you'll find a summary of a few key points to share with loved ones. Read more

 

What To Do If You Have A Tendency To Throw Out Your Back

This is a simple routine of spinal mobility exercises that I have long found useful to those who have a tendency to "throw out" their back or experience chronic and intermittent back pain from various sprains and strains, including those involving intervertebral discs. Read more

 

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Hip Mobility Exercises

Active Hamstring Stretch / Knee Extension:

Standing Hip Circles:

Swivel Hips:

Sole Frog Stretch: Read more

 

Gentle Rolling and Deck Squats to Improve Spinal Mobility, Core Strength, and Balance

If your circumstances are such that tumbling on foam flooring isn't possible, I would suggest making use of a mattress or even a stack of gym mats that gives you about 6 to 8 inches of stable cushioning. Read more

 

Portuguese Love Theme from "Love Actually"

Though this video doesn't have any lyrics to sing along with, I'm posting it under "Music & Singing for Health" because taking a 3-minute breather to listen to it with closed eyes, an uncluttered mind, and an unguarded heart is most definitely good for your health. I promise. Read more

 

Strengthen Your Immune System With Oyster and Crimini Mushroom Soup

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If you're a believer in making every mouthful of food count in nourishing your cells from the inside-out, this oyster and crimini mushroom soup should be right in your wheelhouse.

Oyster and crimini mushrooms are abundant in vitamins B-1, B-2, niacin, and folate, plus a number of minerals including calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Combine these nutrients with the wide range of minerals and fatty acids in homemade broth, and you have the perfect meal for nourishing your digestive tract, immune system, and skeletal system. Read more

 

Adult Freeloaders Mailbag

This past summer, in sharing some thoughts on how to deal with adults who regularly take advantage of others, I received a number of thoughtful replies, two of which I share here with for added perspective for those who may benefit. Please note that these messages are being shared with permission.

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Dr. Kim, Read more

 

River, By Joni Mitchell

Though generally thought of as a song for the Christmas season, Joni Mitchell's River gives comfort and empathy all year long and through any season of our lives. We don't have to hit the road or board a jet plane. All we need do to get away for a while is put on our headphones and spend a little time with Joni. Or with Sarah's version below. :)

Lyrics: Read more

 

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