Train, Maintain, Reduce
If you are reading this and you are a breast cancer survivor, do you workout? What is your fitness level? If you do not exercise, why not?
Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are 'the most important lifestyle changes for reducing breast cancer recurrence'
Let me repeat that: EXERCISE AND MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT ARE ‘THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFESTYLE CHANGES FOR REDUCING BREAST CANCER RECURRENCE’
I don’t know about you, but the thought of hours spent in the chemotherapy suite again makes my skin crawl. Hell no, sign me up for the next Tough Mudder (A tough mudder is an endurance event in which participants attempt 10–12 mile-long obstacle courses that test mental as well as physical strength.) Kidding. (sort of) In all seriousness, you don’t have to set the world on fire with amazing feats of strength and endurance. The recommendations for women who have had breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, should participate in:
- 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a day five days a week
- OR 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Walking, running, cycling, swimming, stair climbing and rowing are examples of aerobic exercise.
- 2-3 weekly strength training sessions per week. Strength training is the use of resistance (weights, body weight, resistance bands) to develop muscle strength.
Of course, consult with your doctor before starting an exercise program. Find one that works for you and your life. I promise you - there is one out there. Don't give up on yourself and your health.
Stay Tuned! Via a Vlog, I will demonstrate beginner/intermediate shoulder exercises and stretches designed to improve the range of motion in the affected arm/shoulder.