Fit wishes for 2015 

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May 2015 bring you head-to-toe fitness.

Head: May silence be present when you rest. Practice thinking creatively for a few moments every day.

Neck and shoulders: May the tension you hold when talking on your cellphone, typing on the computer or driving the car be released by exercises that drop the shoulders, hold the head back neutral to the hips and stretch the muscles three times a day.

Heart and lungs: May the endurance of these organs increase with age. Breathing hard while exercising builds the system's strength and is surprisingly often neglected in many strengthening programs. Make sure you sweat from exercise seven days a week.

Trunk and core: May the waistline decrease with rigorous abdominal, spine, musculature and butt muscle workouts. Power in the midline keeps the belly in.

Legs: May squats be your friend. This exercise, when done well, trains the entire muscle trunk system. Nearly every sport benefits and so do the activities of daily living.

Ankles: May you not forget the far-away ankles. Surprisingly, a little loss of motion at the ankle leads to abnormal gait and pain in the knees and hips.

Feet: May your round toe shoes become hot fashion items. Squished toes make grouchy beautiful people.

Diet: May the foods you eat compliment your physique. Protein is the best fuel. Increase your protein and limit your carbs. Hydrate with plain water at least eight-times a day. All your cells will thank you for it.

Dr. Kevin R. Stone is an orthopedic surgeon at The Stone Clinic and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco. He pioneers advanced orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques to repair, regenerate and replace damaged cartilage and ligaments. For more info, visit www.stoneclinic.com.

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Dr. Kevin R. Stone

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Dr. Kevin R. Stone is an orthopedic surgeon at The Stone Clinic and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco. He pioneers advanced orthopedic surgical and rehabilitation techniques to repair, regenerate and replace damaged cartilage and ligaments.
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