Most of us are so trained to think, when you are ill, you must rest aka not move ‘The funny thing is, the opposite of that is true! There are a very few situations when an ill person should not move around. Exercise is grossly under-estimated and under-prescribed and that is sad because having doctors write a prescription for exercise is one of the best ways to get people to move their bodies.
Our bodies need to move daily and they need this for many different reasons.
Movement stimulates the processes in the body that are needed for feeding, rehabilitating and (re-) building our cells. Exercise does not only helps to rebuild muscle tissue and strength, but also to stimulate and support the circulation processes and it increases your overall immune system. Exercise is very important to keep these processes going, especially during or after you have had cancer.
Increase the oxygen in your bodies
Exercise is also very important because it helps you to increase the oxygen in your bodies. Many cancer and ex-cancer patients have a lack of oxygen in their bodies. There is a link between oxygen and cancer. In fact one of the underlying cause of cancer is what we call ‘low cellular oxygenation levels’. What does that mean you might wonder?
A Nobel Prize
Well in 1931 Dr. Warburg found out that one of the reasons cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen in cells. He won his first Nobel Prize with this by the way, pretty cool. He researched and stated that cancer cells thrive in a low-oxygen body and that increased oxygen levels might therefore harm and even kill cancer cells. Also low levels of oxygen damage the newly formed cells, so that these cells cannot produce energy using oxygen. These cells can then turn into cancerous cells and we know this occurs whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements. Long story short, exercise helps you increase the levels of oxygen in your body.
Focus on Fun.
Not everybody finds exercise super fun and I’m one of those people. But I know it is important for my health, so I have made it a very big priority in my life. So I focus on the fun! You can do all kinds of exercises or movement. I like to mix it up; I go for long walks, a run in the park, a bike ride or I go swimming. When the weather is bad, I like to do bikram yoga, stretching or some cardio. Whatever you do, try to do it a minimum of 3 times a week, or more, for more than half an hour at a time, ideally in the fresh air. If you haven’t exercised in a long time start with the simplest thing, go for a walk. If you have the energy, walk briskly for half an hour at a time. However, be careful never to overdo it. Never push or exhaust yourself. Work within your limits, however modest these may be.
Lots of love,