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4 FABULOUS WALK MOVES for STRONGER BONES!

by Suzanne Andrews

Do you know that Osteoporosis is known as the silent disease because women don't know they have it until they get a bone density test which is usually done after they fracture a bone!  As important as it is to work out when you have osteoporosis, it's equally important to know what movements are safe for thinning bones. 

If you have osteoporosis, one of the things to remember is to make sure you don't round your back. Some of my patients that I have on my caseload fractured their back bending down in the shower.  Yes, if you have thinning bones, fractures are not always caused from a fall.  Fractures can be caused from the wrong move. You're better off investing in a $10.00 reacher so you can pick up items without rounding your back.  In the mean time, bone building exercises are vital for bone strength.

Since walking for bone strength is easy and fun, it's a good option for bone health. Sometimes those Spring showers can stop the best of intentions of going for a walk outdoors so if you don't have much space in your home, here's four fabulous walk moves for you to get stronger bones in a small space.  Enjoy!

Healthiest blessings,

Suzanne Andrews 

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.

Tips To Stay Young

by Suzanne Andrews

 Four Fascinating Functional Fitness Facts You Need to Know to Stay Young
  1. After age 50, you lose 1 -2% of muscle strength per year.  After 60, you lose 3% a year, which comes out to about 4.5 pounds of muscle strength a year. 
  1. Your legs get weaker three years before your arms start becoming weak and that's why you'll notice it's becoming difficult to walk like you used to. 
  1. Your bicep muscles in your arms help you lift stuff and your triceps help you push up to a stand. 
  1. Not all the muscles that are important to move your arms are located in your arms: your latissimus dorsi (located in your back) pulls your shoulders back and your arms to your sides.)  
While strong legs are important, strong arms are also vital for a fully functional life.  With strong arms you can lift your baby/grand-baby out of a car seat with ease, carry in groceries, get items of the top shelf and get in and out of the tub without injuring yourself. 
You don't have to let nature take it course. With Functional Fitness, one day longer is one day stronger! Fight Back with this Functional Fitness move...  
  • Arm and Leg Strengthen and Stretch 
Place one leg forward as shown.  Place back leg on an angle as shown.  Bend your knees and make sure not to allow your knee to go past your toes. Raise your arms to shoulder level.  Hold this position for 5 seconds.  Release the position, stand up straight for 2 seconds and repeat 12x.  
Holding the position for 5 seconds recruits your muscle power and increases your strength quicker.  When you do exercises quickly, you work momentum instead of muscle. 
  • Functional Fitness Challenge 

Too Easy?  Hold a dumbbell.  Start with 1 lb and workout your way up in increments of 1 lb per week as tolerated until you've reached 5 lbs. Bonus! This move will also increase your bone strength and is osteoporosis safe.  54 million people over the age of 50 have thinning bones (Osteoporosis)!  

Healthiest blessings,
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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Surprising Fitness Facts after 50

by Suzanne Andrews

One surprising aspect of practicing fitness after 50 is how it affects your endocrine system. That's the system of organs in your body that produce and regulates hormones in your bloodstream. Just like a thermostat signals your heating and air conditioning system when to turn on and off, so does your body. If you're going through menopause, you feel how important it is to regulate your hormones every time you get a hot flash. So what can you do besides stripping and throwing a bucket of ice water on you? First, and bear with me, I need to explain how your body works…

The pituitary gland in your brain produces growth hormone (GH) and that production is increased during aerobic exercise. This is vital for muscle tone and bone density and also helps strengthen your tendons, cartilage and ligaments which literally holds you together. So if you're having a mood swing that even chocolate can't fix and someone says, "Get it together," if you exercise, you can proudly claim, "I'm being held together quite nicely, thank you".

Growth hormone also communicates fat deposits to be used as fuel instead of blood glucose which helps you to stay energized longer while exercising, which is also why exercise is vital for people who have diabetes and why it helps to keep your metabolism running smoothly during menopause.

You've probably heard that the longer you exercise, the easier or less painful it gets. The pituitary gland also produces endorphins. This is one of my favorites because it sends a chemical signal to the brain to reduce anxiety, tension, decreases your appetite, blocks pain and gives you sense of euphoria known as "runners high" where you can exercise for longer periods of time with less pain. Now, you don't have to be a runner to experience this. An increased sensitivity to endorphins can be achieved if you've exercised for several months because it winds up staying in your blood for longer periods causing that "runners high" to last longer as well. Good stuff.

Testosterone is produced in both sexes, in the ovaries in women and the testes in men. Women have about one tenth the amounts of men but it still affects your metabolism by burning fat during exercise along with increasing muscle strength and tone, and producing a sense of self confidence. When you're healthy and strong you feel good! Testosterone can remain in your bloodstream at elevated levels up to three hours after exercise. In women it can also benefit the intensity of orgasms and that's never a bad thing.

Here's another reason to exercise. Another hormone that helps to breakdown unwanted body fat is estrogen. It increases your metabolism (burns fat as fuel), increases both your libido and your mood. The ovaries produce less of it as menopause is reached but exercising can elevate its levels in the blood for up to four hours after exercising so you feel sexier and happier. Now that's better than a valium and has much better side effects than any anti-depressant.

The thyroid gland produces thyroxine which again increases your metabolism in nearly all cells in your body. The increase induces a feeling of being more energetic, burns more calories which promotes weight loss. You get about 30% more thyroxine in the blood during exercise and it remains for several hours afterwards. The longer and harder you exercise the longer it flows through the blood even at rest. You can literally be burning fat stores long after exercising.

The adrenal medulla produces epinephrine (adrenaline) whose primary purpose is to signal the heart to pump harder and it also directs blood flow to the muscles being worked using the stored fat in those muscles as fuel/energy. While this chemical is flowing through your bloodstream it also activates the breakdown of carbohydrates (glycogen) in the liver and the active muscles. The higher the time and intensity of exercise the more epinephrine is released into the blood. But more is not always better. If you haven't exercises for a while it's best to start off with a beginner's fat burning program and progress as tolerated to avoid injury.

The human body is an amazing biological machine that isn't programmed so much as it responds to inputs we decide to place upon it. If you sit and eat, it responds by weakening, fattening and sickening. If you exercise and eat nutritious foods; it strengthens, tones and fights illness and disease. You ultimately choose the way your body reacts to the lifestyle you live. Exercising on a regular schedule causes the body to react with chemical signals that strengthen cells, burn fat deposits and increase blood flow to all the organs responsible for better bodily functions and health.

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.

Celebrity Weight Loss Secrets

by Suzanne Andrews

Every time I see a magazine featuring a celebrity who lost weight quickly, I wonder how many people think that if they did whatever the celebrity is promoting, it would work for them too?

Let's face it, finding time to cook healthy and exercise is hard. If you're like the rest of us, you don't have a cook, a maid, a driver, a make-up artist, hair stylist and a personal assistant who takes care of your daily chores.

Because I've worked with numerous celebrities, traveled with them and been in their homes, I know the reason they can lose weight with greater ease is because they have employees take care of the day-to-day chores. All they have to do is focus on work. Can you imagine if you had someone taking care of everything for you and all you had to do was get up and go to work?  You wouldn't have to shop, cook, clean or run around doing errands on your lunch hour and after work.

You may be thinking, "Suzanne, you're on national television, don't you have a cook, a maid and a personal assistant?" Far from it. Functional Fitness with Suzanne Andrews® is a labor of love to help people like yourself get healthy, stay healthy and put the personal in personal training.  I designed the workouts to be quick and effective so people like us don't have to spend hours at the gym.  I mean really - who has time? Most of us have been trained to think we have to jump up and down and exert ourselves until we're in pain to lose weight.  I lost 60 pounds by working out to Functional Fitness and Yoga moves just 30 minutes a day.  Because the workouts were smart, not hard, I wasn't  sore the next day.  That meant I could work out every day if I wanted to and that's what you need to lose weight - consistency with your workout and your nutrition plan.  

Functional Fitness began as a public service to my community. Why would I sacrifice 12 hour days, often 7 days a week without pay to help others take charge of their health? Because as an Occupational Therapy practitioner I've seen countless preventable lifestyle diseases and it just breaks my heart to see people suffer needlessly. If I can help you avoid the pain and frustration of a preventable illness, than I know I've done something valuable with my life because your life is priceless!

Love and Healthiest blessings,

Suzanne Andrews

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.

What Does Your Body Say About Your Health?

by Suzanne Andrews

Did you know your reflection is an echo of what your body is trying to tell you?  Find out what your body is saying to you now!

Belly Fat = increased risk of heart attack, diabetes and back pain.

So what do you do when you want to eat health sabotaging foods? Redirect yourself with a healthy distraction. Take 3 deep breaths, go for a walk, call a friend for moral support. The craving will pass and you'll feel so much better! 

Wide Hip Bones = normal part of aging.

Don't fret, it's not your imagination, your bones really do widen as you age. I gained 2 inches of width! What you should be concerned with is if you have excess fat over your hips as that can cause hip, back and knee pain. According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of excess fat exerts four pounds of pressure on your knees which is another great reason to get the weight off if you're having knee pain.  You may even save yourself the cost, time and pain of knee replacement surgery! Not sure what exercises to do that are safe for arthritis and help you lose weight?  Check out Arthritis Walking Workout.

Arm Fat = risk of shoulder injuries.

Shoulder injuries are one of the most painful types of injuries. How do I know? I injured myself working working with a patient that required over 400 pounds of muscle power to save her from getting crushed. I had accident two when I saved a patient from a fall. I needed surgery on my shoulders. As bad as it was, the doctor said it could have been much worse. My arms were strong before the accident and I went from 0% function to  a full recovery with consistent therapy, determination and a mindset to work through the pain during therapy and just trudge through to regain full use of my shoulders. You need a well rounded arm workout to remain functional and strong -not to mention if you want to wear those sleeveless dresses!

Thanks for spending time with a very important person...YOU!

Love and healthiest blessings,
Suzanne Andrews
www.healthwiseexercise.com

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.

Get Stronger Bones

by Suzanne Andrews

Most of us ladies are aware that getting extra calcium in our diet is a good preventive measure against osteoporosis. However, what you may not realize is how often you should take calcium and exactly what you need to take it with for absorption. 

Check out today's post with my special guest, Dr. Heather Metchick who explains some surprising facts about calcium followed by a preview of the newest Get Stronger Bones DVD to help you strengthen your bones with three fabulous osteoporosis safe workouts! 

 

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.

Suzanne Andrews FREE At Home Balance Test!

by Suzanne Andrews

We begin to lose our balance beginning from the age of 40. Here's a balance test for you to check how you're doing. If it's too easy, do the test with your eyes closed. If you try it with your eyes closed, make sure to have someone standby for safety!

Get 3 workouts for stronger bones and stronger balance in Suzanne Andrews: Get Stronger Bones DVD

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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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.

3 Weight Loss Tips for Success

by Suzanne Andrews

One of America's Top Nutrition Experts, Dr. Roy Vartabedian, Reveals 3 Weight Loss Tips for Success in this Video.

Dr. Roy Vartabedian, selected as one of America's top experts by PBS TVs Functional Fitness with Suzanne Andrews, reveals three tips for successful weight loss in this weight loss video interview. 

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.

30 Day Bladder Fix DVD Press Release

by Suzanne Andrews

PBS Suzanne Andrews 30 Day Bladder Fix Pelvic Floor Exercises Top Ten DVD on Collage Video

Kegel exercises alone are not enough to stop prolapse and urinary incontinence. Learn the right pelvic floor exercises to treat prolapse and overactive bladder in Suzanne Andrews Collage Video best seller, 30 Day Bladder Fix.

30 Day Bladder Fix Best Seller DVD

Jan. 5, 2016 - PRLog -- If you suffer from prolapse and urinary incontinence you know how horrible it can be. The embarrassment. The fear. The frustration.  If you’re not too embarrassed, you talk to your doctor and get pills.  Then you find out bladder medications come with harmful side effects and they don’t always work. You contemplate surgery. After all, what other choice do you have, right? It’s not something you look forward to. And you’ve heard a lot about all the nasty complications. The infections. The lawsuits. The stories of surgery gone wrong.

No stranger to having had urinary incontinence herself, Suzanne Andrew’s, founder of Functional Fitness on Public Television explained, “I'm sharing a totally embarrassing part of my life so other women don’t have to suffer or be a slave to expensive padded briefs, embarrassing accidents and limited social outings. Fortunately I no longer have this problem, thanks to the exercises in 30 Day Bladder Fix. The program was succesfully implemented in rehab centers throughout the US before producing it on DVD. The strong need for 30 Day Bladder Fix is evident as it reached the top ten best seller list on Collage Video and has a high sellout risk.


When Andrews started producing Fitness DVDs for specific health needs in 2008, she knew her mid-life through senior age clients deserved carefully selected at-home workouts that were already proven to work in physical and occupational therapy sessions. After all, if you are having heart problems, you don’t go to an orthopaedic doctor, you go to a cardiologist specialist.  So why go to a fitness instructor when you really need a rehab clinician experienced in medically proven exercises for your specific health condition?   With 30 Day Bladder Fix, you learn the correct sequence of evidenced based pelvic floor exercises in the comfort of your own home without the $400.00 a month plus co-pay.

30 Day Bladder Fix for urinary incontinence is the only DVD that teaches more than Kegels by instructing a 36 minute AM session performed seated on a chair and a 20 minute PM session you do lying on your bed.


Order Suzanne Andrews 30 Day Bladder Fix at Collage Video Now

 

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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