NEWS FLASH: Postmenopausal women may be able to ward off breast cancer by simply being more active. Researchers at the American Cancer Society found women over 50 who walked for at least one hour per day had a 14-percent lower chance of developing breast cancer. And more vigorous exercise lowered the risk even further. (more…)
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New Episode of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 Web Series for the AARP YouTube Channel! IT’S ALL ABOUT SHOES!Thursday, September 19th, 2013
Realizing that something had to be done, I spoke with a few of the best fitness experts in the country, took the best information they gave me, and created a program that strengthens, tones and fights osteoporosis (a major risk as we get older). And, I can do it at home! It’s all about going back to the basics:
- Running–with lots of walk breaks so my knees and joints don’t get hurt
- Push-Ups–one of the best ways to strengthen and tone arms, shoulders and everything above the waist
- Plank–this is truly the #1 best over-all exercise you can do because it tones and strengthens every part of your body
- Squats–if done correctly, squats can really get everything below the belt back into shape . . . fast!
I’ve been doing these exercises at least 4 times a week for a few years and now, at age 56, I’m able to do things I didn’t even THINK about doing when I was younger. Just this summer, I tried surfing with my two teenaged daughters and thanks to my stronger legs, I did it! But, one of the highlights of my summer last year was when I decided to try paddle-boarding. It was one of the most beautiful and peaceful experiences I’ve ever had. For sure, because my core and lower body are toned and strong, staying on the board was not hard to do.
For a quick look at how to run safely after 50, do the perfect Push-Up, and really rock the Plank, check out THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 video series on the AARP YouTube Channel.
But today, I want to show you how to correctly do the Squat so it really works:
Don’t forget to get the ‘green light’ from your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
Until next time, remember this: we can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it!
I want to hear from you! Let me know what you want to see on future segments of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING WITH BARBARA HANNAH GRUFFERMAN video show on the AARP YouTube Channel. For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70), check out www.bestofeverythingafter50.com. Keep me posted on how you’re doing by subscribing to me on Facebook and tweeting me on Twitter@BGrufferman.
But, we who are in the post-menopausal demographic really need to make sure we get enough calcium . . . through the foods we eat, not by popping a pill.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that more Americans than ever are at risk for breaking a bone, and the best way to make sure that doesn’t happen to us is to make sure we’re eating the right calcium-rich foods, taking enough vitamin D (which is helps our bodies absorb the calcium it needs), and do strength-training exercises to build muscle mass.
Here is a very short video (two minutes!) where I talk through the best foods we can eat to build better bones. Enjoy!
Questions? I want to hear from you! Let me know what you’d like to see in future episodes of the video series. For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70…) check out www.bestofeverythingafter50.com. Keep me posted on how you’re doing by subscribing to me on Facebook and “tweeting” me on Twitter at @BGrufferman.
Click here to watch a recent segment of the nationally syndicated show–THE BETTER SHOW—where Barbara, Bone Health Ambassador for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, talks about her close call with osteoporosis. Click here to watch the segment. Enjoy!