POST 50
02/27/2012 04:55 pm ET

In-Your-Face Fitness: Keeping Your Lower Back Pain-Free

On a recent ski trip, my best friend handed me a flask of cinnamon schnapps. He called it "courage in 100-proof form," and I needed it. I was perched at the edge of a cliff, looking at a 20-foot drop into thigh-deep powder.

Nearly a decade ago, when I was laid up in an emergency room with two bulging disks in my lower lumbar spine, there's no way I could have imagined myself attempting such foolish feats of middle-aged manliness.

Read more on www.latimes.com

CONVERSATIONS