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Family Day 2017 – Keep Them Exercising

Family Day 2017 – Making it About True Love – Exercise

For family day 2017, make it a true celebration of family love. Show each other how much you want to keep them alive and vibrant, for as long as possible. Make exercise a family affair.

I truly hope this true story, hurts you to action…….make this the most meaningful Family day…

Two and a half years ago my dad had fluke accident in our home, at the age of 87 he fell and broke his leg. Well, my dad is an avid tennis player, gym enthusiast, has a Nordic Track in his bedroom, and takes bike treks with his buddies (the ones 20 years his junior) for hundreds of kms. Even at his age, he had a fabulous recovery, blowing the minds of all health professionals who worked with him. Because he was (and still is at 89) an incredible athlete and remarkably fit, he had a full recovery, Thank God.

When this happened, as can be expected, my mother who is 8 years his junior, freaked out. She has always been, since I have know her, to be a chronic Jewish mother. Being the diligent, brilliant wife, she stood by his side, panicked with every movement, ache and pain. Let me mention a few minor details.
There is a live in housekeeper to help
There are 3 major exercise machines in that house: the Nordic Track, a treadmill and a recumbent bike. There are weights, resistance bands, lots of stairs connecting the 3 levels of the home ….zero excuse not to exercise
At this time, my mother also had a gym membership to a club 4 km from their home. She and my dad have a bicycle built for 2 that they regularly attracted smiles and coos from all, seeing a couple at their age, riding together. They actually looked like the hottest couple you could imagine.

I encouraged my father to continue to do exercises from his bed, knowing that irrelevant of his injury – his body was still depending on all that physical activity, and will not respond kindly if he just quit. Mom stood vigil by his bedside….worrying, nagging….as could be expected. I got after her to continue going to the gym – she loved her zumba class and had a few favourite machines. She refused to leave my father at all. He pleaded with her to go and look after herself (I think he also wanted the break!), being without any doubt the most stubborn person that ever walked this planet – she still refused. We all reminded her there are exercise machines in the house, multiple ways to exercise at home. BTW, my mother gets on a home machine, and suddenly 3 minutes converts to 30 minutes in her mind.

That was the beginning of the end, and nobody can convince me otherwise. Her physical activity came to a screeching halt, and since then she has had sporadic, at best, exercise and physical activity.

I begged, pleaded, showed her the studies on exercise against aging body and mind, chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers, osteoporosis….we know the list goes on and on. She would try and convince me she exercised, I knew what she called a workout, I saw it many times. This is why I loved her taking the classes – it kept her going. I live 500 km from my folks, still,I skyped and spoke about it constantly with her. I got her to the gym when visiting me in Toronto, when I was in Montreal shamed her on to her home machines…. my dad was always after her – she always had a pathetic excuse….busy (really ?!?!?), tired (tired because she didn’t exercise) waiting for a phone call, the grocery delivery…..”I will exercise tomorrow!” – yes we all know what that means.

I have always said – there is one bad thing about exercise – that is, if you quit – your body has spiteful, retaliatory measures beyond the most devious, diabolical mind. Whether you have a broken leg, flu, busy schedule – your body does not care – it needs to circulate, refresh, respect and pamper that precious muscle mass……and yes of course modifications are necessary for every circumstance and condition. Exercise and physical activity are just as vital as breathing, eating, sleeping and brushing your teeth. Never quite exercising….if your child went missing, you would search with every breath inside. If you are short on time, have an injury,……You MAKE the time for physical activity. Not getting to the gym is NO excuse.

“The fitter you are, the harder you fall.”
– Harry Pino, a senior exercise physiologist at the Sports Performance Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

My mom had been a diabetic for about 30 years. She is a colon cancer survivor (23 years ago) – she is one of the great stories. Regular exercise, including both strength & cardio respiratory, are vital to diabetes and colon cancer prevention and recovery.

Family Day 2017 Celebrate with family exercise Best In Health Radio
Me and My Mom

Over the last 2 years, I have watched her fall apart, mentally and physically. It is now happening at a gasping speed. The neurodegeneration is devastating, clearly evident to all eyes. She cannot climb stairs, her biomechanics are so wonky that her walking is atrocious, destroying joints and causing intense pain. She is popping pain killers now, which my dad controls. She cannot get in and out of a bath, get off the toilet alone, her ability to remember, calculate, function is heart breaking. She was always the Scrabble queen…..that has gone with the muscle. Use it or lose it is a guaranteed fact about muscle mass. We have to use it much more (more does NOT have to mean intensity)  as we age……

This is not a necessity of “old age”.  A gentleman in my gym is in his late 90s and he runs up the stair master and makes us all feel like slack offs. Look at my dad. Sure, many of us know it gets more challenging as we age to keep fit, and the term fit is going to evolve and be defined differently as we age.

We don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. If you have time to breathe, you have time to exercise. If you have time to watch television or a social life, you certainly have time to exercise. Instead of that movie marathon on family day 2017, see how long you can all keep physically active together.
Someone keeps you on the phone? Get up and walk while they blab. You’re a busy mom? The very best gift you can give your child is you.

Ya know, my mom use to tell me all the time when my kids were young and I had to earn the living and raise my kids, I was terribly sleep deprived….she always told me:

“Shira you are no good to anyone dead.”

Author, My Mom

This is so unnecessary. Again, there is zero doubt in my mind this avalanche started when she quit exercising. I don’t believe in coincidence. My Rabbi once told me “coincidence was God’s way of remaining anonymous”. Maybe the exercise was staving off impending doom, we do not know. But I do know that this was the beginning of all of our heartache. I cry multiple times a day, as I work with people that were stricken by disease, and I watch the magic of exercise. I know I’m being a bit spoiled here – I am in my mid 50s and have my mom, unlike many of my girlfriends. This disintegration of her mind and body, was completely unnecessary – dare I say with my own mother – lifestyle induced. Then again, the CDC does tell us 80% of chronic illness could be prevented with appropriate lifestyle choices.

Exercise is truly our BFF in life. If you think “I tried exercise and it didn’t work” please think beyond the superficial. Think about muscles, bones, blood, heart, kidneys, liver, DNA, telomeres, cholesterol, immune function, brain, cognitive function, prevention of carcinogenesis, how many medications would be irrelevant with exercise……even if you don’t know what some of those are. Think about the very best possible Anti aging serum – we can all appreciate that.
I believe every miserable situation must have a silver lining that we have to seriously dig to learn. I am writing and publishing this with the hope it can be a silver lining to many people, and give them a massive kick in the … to exercise irrelevant of their excuses, or be successful in getting their loved ones to exercise.
Breathe life, exercise faithfully, be loyal to yourself and all those that you love. Exercise is beyond any shadow of a doubt, life’s breath.

The very best way to show love for another is by nurturing their health. Truly celebrate family day 2017 – celebrate your lives together as a family with exercise! I am spending family day 2017 with my mom  and dad and all grown up sons…there will be exercise (and Scrabble)!

I can’t make this stuff up – Check out the science….have a wonderful, meaningful family day!

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/preventing-alzheimers-disease/search-alzheimers-prevention-strategies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2917219/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8282588

http://www.livestrong.com/article/555339-the-effects-of-stopping-exercise/

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
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Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health, family day enthusiast

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

 

 

Proper Stretching for a Healthy, Functioning Body

Proper Stretching  – Imperative For a Functioning Body

Proper stretching is a vital, yet far too overlooked, component of maintaining efficient biomechanics, or body mechanics. Even if you are less active, which I hope you are not, Proper stretching on Best In Health Radiostretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, preserving flexibility to maintain  range of motion in the joints. Without proper stretching, muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when the muscles are called on for activity, they are weak and unable to fully extend,  putting us at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. These effects worsen dramatically with age from the biomechanical,  compression and postural destruction.

Proper stretching is imperative. However, many people either do not stretch, or stretch incorrectly. Many fitness trainers do not demonstrate proper stretching. We have many old myths on stretching we need to eliminate:

  • ballistic stretching (bouncy, yoyo stretching….sorry Jane Fonda)
  • over stretching  (hot yoga participants please listen)
  • mistaking strength training and stretching
  • when to stretch
  • how long to hold a stretch
  • confusing the muscle between contracting and stretching

With proper stretching, we can prevent many debilitating postural issues (such as Dowagers Hump), lower back pain, preserve muscle mass, and prevent chronic pain and joint and bone erosion.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, patients with musculoskeletal conditions incur total annual medical care costs of approximately $240 billion, of which $100 billion is from lower back pain. How many spinal fusion surgeries and other compression injuries can we  prevent with proper physical activity and stretching?

In an encore appearance….Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions. Please refer to our show with Marjorie on Scar Tissue.

 

 

 

 

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,

Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies

Scar Tissue  – The Damage and The Release

Marjorie Brook is an internationally-recognized bodyworker and pioneer in the field of Scar Tissue Release. Marjorie travels globally offering seminars and lectures on the Scar Tissue Release on Best In Health RadioS.T.R.A.I.T. (Scar Tissue Release And Integrated Therapies) Method, an innovative and ground breaking therapy that works with the body, not against it.  It is her mission to bring awareness to the public about the damaging effect of scar tissue and adhesions.

 

 

 

 

scar tissue starts in childhood Best In Health Radio
A kiss and a bandaid on a BooBoo does not prevent future implications from falling off that bike!

Recognizing that a simple scar from a childhood fall to major surgery as an adult can have a lifelong physiological and psychological effect on the body, yet is the most ignored and misunderstood part of recovery. Marjorie Brook designed a scar tissue release system that approaches the multi faceted matrix of fascia three dimensionally.

 

 

 

 

Scar tissue from Mastectomy Best In Health RadioAccording to the CDC last year in the United States there were:

  • More than half a million heart surgeries;
  • Approximately 50,000 women a year mastectomies;
  • 307,000 breast implant surgeries;
  • More than 465,000spinal fusions;Scar Tissue from Spinal Fusion Best In Health Radio
  • 498,000Hysterectomies;
  • 1.3 million Cesarean sections;
  • 719,000Total knee replacements;
  • 332,000 Total hip replacements.

 

Despite the high number of surgeries, most patients are never given pre or post surgery protocols to prevent scar tissue formation. A recent study found that 9 out of 10 people who’d had a routine surgical procedure within the past 6 to 12 months were unhappy with their surgical scar, while 7 in 10 felt they were “more concerned than their surgeon was about the scar.”

Scar Tissue Release Best In Health RadioFor many people, Scar Tissue Release therapy is the last chance to avoid surgery or the answer to pain free recovery after all other therapies have failed.  Most are unaware that their body’s functions are being altered by scar tissue or that their ailments and physical limitations can be remedied without the need for surgery or pills. The reason for this is because you’re essentially held together by one huge single sheet of connective tissue, or fascia. This fascia wraps around your entire body like an intricate spider web and influences the way you function — from your muscles and your bones, to your organs, nerves, veins and arteries.  Any kink, pull or restriction in one area can affect everything else. If your movements are restricted, your muscles and your organs will be forced to work harder. If your nerves and vessels are trapped, your circulation can be restricted.

 

“[I] wanted to quickly share the Marjorie Brook love. After attending a seminar I shared my ‘cancer thriver with long term jacked up-ness’ story with Marjorie. It took about 2 seconds for her to invite me back to their room where Marjorie worked her ‘special brand of magic’ on my neck scar and jaw. After 16 1/2 years, I can once again feel cold and heat on my neck. My nagging left SI joint is now happy. I can speak like a ‘normal’ person. My face is thinner. My nose is back to the center of my face. My sinuses are clear. I can HEAR out of my right ear (had no idea I wasn’t hearing well out of that ear for 16 years). In short, Marjorie changed my life. Excuse me while I go bawl like a big ol’ baby . . . Again. If you or anyone you love (or even remotely care about) needs scar tissue work, Marjorie is the one to see.” Karen Rossler, Washington D.C.

 

Marjorie works with all ages and professions (from the corporate desk bound to serious athletes).  Issues such as breast reconstruction/implants/reductions, childhood injuries, C-sections and all surgeries, no matter the age of the scar (3 months to 50 years old)  can be released. Utilizing the S.T.R.A.I.T. Method, she is able to focus on releasing restricted tissues Scar Tissueto restore full range of motion and eliminating pain and congestion in the body. Marjorie’s private practice is located on Long Island and she travels throughout the US, Europe & Canada  sharing her work so others can learn this beneficial technique.
A previous client with arthritis in both shoulders came for treatment once she had tried all other types of therapy ranging from shots, exercises and acupuncture. She had this to say about Marjorie’s scar tissue work:

 

“I did not know that my life was about to change. I went to a vascular specialist and an acupuncturist, neither could alleviate my pain. Then I met Marjorie. Marjorie saw the condition of my leg and explained to me about scar tissue therapy and how it worked. She concentrated on my leg during the first massage and I was amazed at the immediate results. The pain had subsided and it was easier to walk. After a year of coming every other week I am completely pain free. The results of her treatment changed my life. Not only for my leg but because of the overall stress relieving therapeutic experience. This therapy was the best gift I ever received!” Donna Tally, Long Island, NY

Marjorie Brook, International Educator, Therapist, Author and creator of the STRAIT MethodTM is one of the most dynamic instructors in the manual therapy world today. Leaving the high-pressure, low fulfillment world of network television, Marjorie found her calling in health and wellness. Forever the innovator, Marjorie began blending some of the most proven and successful therapeutic techniques, eventually developing her own system for alleviating the trauma caused by scar tissue and fascial issues. Seeing a void in materials and information concerning proper stretching Marjorie released Flexibility First: A Fitness Approach for Life. Two series of stretching manuals which provide easy user-friendly guides for stretching oneself and clients to achieve balance throughout the body. Included are protocols for working with major diseases and injuries. A sought-after speaker, consultant and practitioner, Marjorie’s seminars have received glowing reviews from attendees of all experience levels. Her articles have been featured in Massage Today (USA), Massage World (UK) and American Fitness Magazine. Scar tissue is one of the most common, yet perplexing issues faced by massage therapists and other healing professionals. While several methods may work around the problem, Marjorie Brook will show you how to clear scar tissue with instant results.

Listen to our show…….please excuse my cold!

A few ways to reach Marjorie:

https://www.facebook.com/flexibilityfirst/      https://www.instagram.com/brookseminars/?hl=en https://www.youtube.com/user/Brookseminars                https://twitter.com/marjoriebrook

Shira Litwack Medical fitness, Corporate wellness, Radio talk show host
Shira Litwack Medical Fitness Professional, Cancer Exercise Specialist , Corporate wellness Provider Industry expert cancer exercise
Radio talk show host
Health & Fitness Educator, Speaker

Shira Litwack – founder Best In Health Radio & Cell-Being – Best in Corporate Health

Corporate Health Programs – What an Incredible Way to Make the World A Healthier Happier Place…..so we make them affordable to EVERYONE……Shira@BestInHealthRadio.com

Shira Litwack, Medical fitness professional |Cancer Exercise Specialist|Personal & Corporate Health Coach | Fitness For Disease Recovery| Industry Expert Cancer Exercise| Health and Fitness Professionals’ Educator|Speaker

Director of International Relations Cancer Exercise Training Institute Master Trainer

Radio talk show host/Guest/Producer Health & Fitness Radio

BSc Psychology & Chemistry| Medical Exercise Specialist|Holistic Nutrition| Addiction Recovery|Total of 18 exercise designations

Articles featured in: ezines, ArticlesInk, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Fitness Clubs of Canada, Medical Fitness Network, Recovery on Water, Willow (Breast Cancer), Sirius XM Doctor Radio, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Cancer Exercise Training Institute,  Urban Poling for Breast Cancer Recovery,