Archive for May, 2013

I don’t know what my plans are. I have to have surgery and I am just limping on until then. I will continue to eat well and do as much as I can until I am able to move about without restriction. Until then, I will try to get back to posting on a close to daily basis.

CrossFit Rowing WOD

2 x 15min w/ 4min Rest
Complete Each 15min as Follows:

CrossFit Endurance – Tues/Thurs/Sun

Row (TUE): Repeat 800m, recover 4:00, until form/pace deteriorates

Concept 2 WOD

Row 12 hard 250 meter pieces. Row for 250 meters at light pressure between each piece.

Interesting Article

Melanie Bowen has written an article based on the research she has been doing on the benefits of exercise for cancer patients.  She is allowing me to post it in full below. Make sure you visit with your doctor before starting any exercise or diet program especially if you have been diagnosed with a serious ailment.

How Exercise Can Benefit Cancer Patients

Everyone knows about the health benefits of exercise. They have read or heard all about the research. Many have experienced firsthand the difference exercise can make to their personal health.

What is less known, however, is the importance of exercise specifically for cancer patients. The hard-hitting therapies that fight cancer impact a patient’s health in numerous ways and modern research is beginning to show the ways exercise can help combat these side effects. Exercise can lessen the impact before, during and after treatment.

Who Benefits from Exercise?

Rest is important for people who are sick, but the days of forced bed rest are over for most cancer patients. Doctors now recognize the benefits of exercise for people living with cancer. Strong evidence links exercise to a decreased risk for breast, colon, endometrial, lung and prostate cancer.

Even for those who live with a cancer diagnosis, exercise benefits people with common cancers and rare ones. From breast cancer to mesothelioma, disease symptoms and treatment side effects are usually helped by exercise. Gentle stretches and light aerobics make the treatment process a little easier.

Key Benefits of Exercise

More energy is a key benefit of exercise. Cancer treatments usually leave patients feeling sick, tired and weak. They may have very little energy for their daily routines, much less an exercise program. Ironically, even small movements can give the body a boost of energy. This is just what patients need to endure treatments and fight their disease.

Stress relief is another benefit of regular exercise. Almost any physical activity can relieve cancer-related stress, depression and anxiety. Whether patients choose walking, golfing, swimming or yoga, exercise can help them feel better about themselves and boost their over all mood. Exercise induces endorphin release, which are hormones with mood-enhancing effects, which is especially helpful for cancer patients often battling depression.

Perhaps the most important benefit of exercise is symptom relief. Chemical and radiation therapies cause various negative effects in addition to their wanted effects. Exercise makes it easier to cope both mentally and physically with the struggles of treatment regimens.

Pain, nausea, fatigue, anemia, edema, infections and sexual problems are common physical side effects of cancer treatment. The emotional side effects include anxiety, fear and depression. Reducing some of these symptoms improves quality of life for suffering cancer patients.

Combine Fitness with Nutrition for Maximum Benefit

Eating the right foods is especially important throughout cancer treatment. Treatments often break the body down while battling the cancer cells, therefore making it essential to eat foods loaded with vitamins and nutrients to help rebuild the immune system. Like exercise routines, nutritional habits will vary by person but there are a few initial steps to take including getting enough protein, getting enough calories in general, and eating less processed food. Creating an appropriate nutritional plan is very important, along with a fitness plan, and can provide a long list of physical benefits which can help the body battle your disease more effectively and allow you to feel better in the process!

Prescription for Health

Finally, exercise improves survival rates and increases life expectancy. Regular physical activity keeps the body from becoming lethargic, but it also encourages a positive mental outlook. This combination is one of the best health prescriptions available.