October is Cancer Awareness month.
Chances are that cancer has touched your life in some way - friend, a family member or possibly you yourself have done battle with cancer. One of the most important weapons for fighting and recovering from cancer is exercise however for some cancer patients exercise may worsen their condition. As with ANY exercise program make sure to talk to your medical team before starting an exercise program. A study by Dr. Kathryn Schmitz found that careful weight training can prevent and reduce lymphedema (swelling). Recommendations for how much exercise a cancer patient should engage in are fairly simple. A goal would be to increase activity to at least 150 minutes of exercise a week - 30 minute sessions 5 days a week. This could be as simple as walking. it is VERY important to start off gradually and increase the intensity over time and ONLY when the patient is strong enough to do more vigorous activity.
Some benefits of exercise for cancer survivors include;
increased muscular strength
increased bone health
increased energy and decreased cancer fatigue
more restful sleep
decreased depression and anxiety
increased quality of life and well being
For those living in the Northwest you have an AMAZING resource - Team Survivor Northwest which provides FREE exercise programs for cancer patients and cancer survivors. If you live outside of the Northwest you too have access to the resources of Team Survivor at the national level. Studies show that cancer patients and cancer survivors have a greater chance of winning their fight against cancer and enjoying a higher quality of life through exercise - but don't take MY word for it experience it for yourself!
What on earth is ZAPT? you may be asking.... ZAPT stands for Zombie Avoidance Protocol Training. Okay I still here question marks... A dear friend of mine came across a 5k obstacle run complete with Zombies titled Run For Your Life 5K and asked if there was any way that I could help her train for this event. Quite frankly I think it sounds like a BLAST! Even though it's not until next August I figured that it's never to early to start honing our Zombie Avoidance Techniques. Beginning in January Wuhoo Fitness will be holding ZAPT work-outs once a month at various locations around the Eastside. All the ZAP Trainings will include cardio, strength, balance, agility and most importantly FUN! The program includes monthly in person training (we'll meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9-10 AM) as well as weekly email support complete with weekly training plans AND specific Zombie Avoidance Training tips all for only $35 a month. To get ZAPT visit the Wuhoo Fitness services page.
Here's to you in Health, Wellness and Fitness!
Jennifer Malocha CEO of Fun at Wuhoo Fitness