I saw a new patient today, a 90 year-old man named David. He was referreed by a doctor for low back pain, and when we spoke on the phone, he said “I’m starting to bend over when I walk and I don’t want to look like an old man”. I love that remark, he’s still young at heart. How many of us can say that?

On my blog, there are two links -one for a core workout that is easily done in 5 minutes (you can use a weight instead of a medicine ball), and another to work the oblique abdominal muscles, which form an important part of the natural corset that helps protect your spine. If you have any questions, please email me.

With the temps heating up for the summer, heatstroke and heat exhaustion become concerns. Use these precautions: Take it slow-if you are used to exercising indoors or in cooler weather, take it easy.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially an hour before you exercise or do an activity. Dress appropriately-light-weight, loose clothing promotes sweat and cooling. Avoid midday sun-this sounds obvious, but try to exercise in the morning or evening.
If you suspect a heat related illness, stop the activity and get out of the heat. Get some water in you and fan your skin. Symptoms include weakness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or a rapid heartbeat.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.