Exercise and Cancer Treatments
Cancer treatment can make you feel tired. It might sound odd, but getting regular exercise can actually increase your energy level when you're undergoing treatment. Regular exercise can help you sleep better too.
The exercise doesn't have to be strenuous. Walking, gentle yoga stretching, a little swimming if you like that…any of these can help make you feel better during your treatment.
Talk with your doctor just to make sure exercise is safe for you. If it's hard to motivate yourself to keep active, see if you can plan to exercise with a friend. That always helps you stick with it.
Source: American Institute of Cancer Research, March 2002
Exercise for Cancer Prevention
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is putting a stronger emphasis on exercise as one way to reduce your risk of getting cancer. For adults, the ACS is recommending at least 30 minutes of moderate activity five or more days a week.
And for the first time, they're recommending that children get exercise too-at least one hour five or more days a week.
Colleen Doyle, the ACS's directory of nutrition and physical activity, says that about one third of the country's 500,000 cancer deaths each year could be prevented by having a healthy diet, not smoking and being physically active.
Source: The American Cancer Society, March 2002
WalkAmerica: for Babies
Make your plans now to walk in the March of Dimes annual walkathon to fight birth defects and to help save the lives of premature babies. The event is called WalkAmerica. It has raised more than 1 billion dollars since its beginning in 1970.
For information about how you can get involved, call the March of Dimes at 1-800-525-WALK. Or visit the March of Dimes WalkAmerica Web page
. From the Web page, you can find out which weekend the walkathon will be held in your community and register to walk. You can also find out how to help if you can't take part in the walkathon itself.
Source: March of Dimes, March 2002
Training for a Big Race?
If you've decided this is the spring you're finally going to run in a race, be smart about it. Work up to it gradually. Your body needs to push itself to a new level of fitness, then recover, then push itself again, then recover, until you've reached a level where it's safe to go the distance you've set as your goal.
If you go for too much too soon, you're setting yourself up for an injury that could wipe you out for the whole racing season.
Talk with a qualified fitness trainer about your current fitness level and your fitness goals. That's the best way to make a safe plan for going the distance.
Source: The American Institute of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, March 2002
Exercise for IBS
If you have irritable bowel syndrome, exercise may be one good way to get relief from your symptoms. Regular exercise helps normalize bowel function. It also helps relieve stress, which can aggravate IBS.
The pain and cramping that comes with IBS can make it difficult to feel motivated to start an exercise routine. Begin slowly. Gradually exercise for longer periods of time. Ask your doctor or other healthcare provider for advice about the types of exercises that would be best for you.
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, March 2002