Why Being Thin Can Hurt You

by Suzanne Andrews

We all strive to be thin, unless it happens to your bones.  But when you have osteoporosis, how do you know what exercises are safe and what moves can fracture your spine?

All my life I’ve been concerned with my weight.  After seeing a video of myself at my son’s 2nd birthday, I was amazed how I let myself go.  A very pivotal moment for me:  I decided to get the weight off.  What I didn’t think about was my bones.  By skipping out on calcium enriched foods, I thought I was just skipping calories, but I was really cheating myself out of much needed calcium.

In my 30’s, bone density didn’t seem important, but that was far from the truth. Fast forward to now.  What I see as a medical professional is heart breaking and the catalyst that made me start my show, Functional Fitness on PBS TV.  So many women starve themselves to get thin and miss out on a vital component of exercise – bone building strength training to defeat osteoporosis.    Osteoporosis is known as the silent disease because you don’t know you have it until a bone breaks. What many women don’t realize is their bones are getting thinner as they deprive themselves of calcium rich foods and osteoporosis safe workouts.   Not a week goes by that I don’t meet a 50 something lady who fractured her hand, shoulder or hip. The recovery is excruciating and long.  They swear all kinds of unmentionables at me as I guide them through their exercises that are osteoporosis safe to make their bones strong. I’m not offended because I know at the end of the sessions, they’re happy to be going home strong and healthy.  That’s the lucky ones. 

Hip fractures are often fatal and occur in one out of three women. It just makes sense to help prevent a fracture from happening by increasing your bone density, improving your balance and strengthening your muscles with osteoporosis safe movements BEFORE it happens.  These are scientifically proven movements that are done with specific sequencing and pacing for best results.  So that’s why I designed my newest DVD, Get Stronger Bones with three osteoporosis safe workouts with three levels of fitness. You don’t even have to pay the $400.00 a month co-pay.  No excuses, because you can break more than a promise when you skip your promise to workout.

Start now and don’t look back, you’re not going that way! Questions while you’re doing the workout? 

Suzanne Andrews founded Functional Fitness in 2008, the most popular fitness series for boomers and seniors broadcasting on over 159 Public Television stations throughout the US and Canada. Read Suzanne’s inspiring comeback story of how she survived a near fatal accident, From Deaths Door to Producing a National Fitness Series. Feel free to send Suzanne a message here.

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