Ask Suzanne

by Suzanne Andrews

"I am 74 and have worked out for 55 years. I have been sick since birth. I became disabled at age 44 and have always pushed thru it. I now have stage 4 kidney problems and fell and had a hip replacement. I have been on life support, have had spine surgery. I got back to six days a week at the gym doing step and spinning, I am trying to get back now and I did 30 minutes on a bike today and upper body weights today. Do you have suggestions on your classes for me to get back to my workouts. I am under weight I am a size 00 zero and weigh about 90 lbs."


Wow, you are a true survivor!  I can relate as I've had my share of health issues and that's why I designed  functional fitness therapeutic style of exercises.  Loved the results so much I just had to help other people with an easy, natural solution that didn't require boot camp style moves to get great results.  Because my job requires me to do a lot of medical research, I learned from recent studies that therapeutic exercises help people with kidney disease live longer.  You would do your body good by going at a moderate pace, not a fast pace as it's important not to over exert.  A good DVD for you would be Total Strength and Conditioning as it has 3 programs: Vertical Ab Toner where all the ab toning moves can be done on a chair or standing so you never have to get on the floor and do a crunch.  There's also a leg strengthening workout which encourages you to go at YOUR pace and also has a seated level.  There's an arm workout with weights as well that can be seated or standing.  You can interchange between the seated and standing level - depending on your tolerance level.  Here's a link to the DVD to see a preview and reviews.

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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