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Functional Fitness

Thursday, December 08, 2016

I am going to be 67 soon. I am still striving to be at the corner of Happy & Healthy. Some things are working well. My nutrition program is functioning. I am using the KISS method- Keeping it Simple Sunny. I have used the nutritional tracker to program groups and have a small selection of breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

I haven't been diligent about exercise. I have done more walking primarily because of my new Housemate Ringo. We have establish a pattern that works for us. At the 7 am alarm, he lets me know that it is time for the morning walk. We go out, come back and I plan my daily intentions while he has a little snooze on the couch. Then the 8 AM alarm rings and it is time for breakfast. He goes to the cupboard the kibbles are stored in and stares at it while I am making my coffee, I feed him, that only takes a nano second. Then he is ready to go out for a longer walk. We come back to the house ( he does this on command- Lets go to the HOUSE)- then it is time to play ball. I make my breakfast, catch up on Sparks People and start my day. I like the routine! Building another healthy habit!

As I told everyone before, my ribs are healing, albeit slowly. As I was pondering what I can do about this, I found some exercise to relax and stretch the ribs. I also learned that tightening my core takes the pressure of my ribs. That is a good thing. Then I read my email, and there was an article from Mayo Clinic about Functional Fitness. This is my starting point this week. My post op appointment was OK- surgery site is healing well. I was taken off one medication because my serum calcium is still too high, and my PTH levels are too low. I will be getting another blood test on Monday and the results of that will determine the course of action. I discussed what activities I can still do, and of course walking was the first one mentioned. GO RINGO!!


Chances are you don't live to exercise. For many people, exercise is a way to maintain or improve their quality of life. And that's the focus of functional fitness.

Functional fitness exercises are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a game of basketball with your kids. Or throwing the tennis ball for your obsessed fur ball.

Functional exercise training may be especially beneficial as part of a comprehensive program for older adults to improve balance, agility and muscle strength, and reduce the risk of falls. NOW they tell me!! emoticon

Comprehensive physical movements found in activities such as tai chi and yoga involve varying combinations of resistance and flexibility training that can help build functional fitness.

Other examples of specific functional fitness movements that use multiple joints and muscles include:

Multidirectional lunges
Standing bicep curls
Multidirectional lunges help prepare your body for common activities, such as vacuuming and yard work. To do a lunge, keep one leg in place and step out with the other leg — to the front, back or side — until your knee reaches a 90-degree angle and your rear knee is parallel to the floor.

Here is the link to the entire article.

So I am going to turn on the music, and dance my way along with lunges, stretches and upper arm strengthening today. Rinse and repeat tomorrow!

Today I am grateful for surviving the 12 hour day yesterday. I am grateful that my friend Fran made friends with Ringo and babysat him for the 4 hours of Dr. appointments. I am grateful I finished one long term project and can devote time to my writing project. One of my goals is to post all my finished writing projects on a website, so I can post links here.

Have a peaceful day and count your blessings!

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