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Exercise Is Medicine and No Bad Side Effects

Exercise is Medicine – Definitely the Best Tasting!

Exercise is medicine with no bad side effects, No insurance copay, No expensive equipment, no worries about drug interactions…..we are born with the only equipment we need – our body with moving parts – or rather parts that are supposed to move. We are also born with all the motivation we need to move – just watch the anticipation in a baby trying to wildly writhe & wiggle day and night. Problem is, the fascination with sedentary body rot ( usually from watching parents or being planted in front of a television or computer for entertainment) so intimately a part of our obesogenic society, our innate energetic enthusiasm, is extinguished.

Exercise is the one and only prescription with no bad side effects. There is no drug that can lay that claim. However, we seem to want to pop a magic pill to exonerate us from any other onus. There is no pill, that can possibly provide the universal health benefits, protect us from aging, there is no competition to the healing powers of exercise. But yes, motivation is required. And I will add, as always, “no time” is a whine. Maybe there is no time for the gym, but I assure you there is time for physical activity. Perhaps no Eureka moment yet, but it is there. And with increased motivation, its amazing the time that is there.

Exercise is Medicine Health Coaching Best In Health RadioSo here is some motivation. Let’s discuss some of the medical miracles of exercise. First, I want to point out some the overall benefits of exercise to our health – all of these are contributing menaces to chronic disease, and exercise is medicine for all:

Reducing Excess Adiposity (weight management/obesity control):

Sleep Apnea

Getting us into our Happy Place (stress control) both physiologically & psychologically:

Controlling Eating habits (especially emotional eating – wrong foods for the wrong reasons)

Controlling addictive behaviors: well proven how effective exercise is a critical aspect of addiction recovery

All of these create a toxic biological terrain creating the perfect storm for chronic illness.

Now, our top killers according to the CDC – Center for Disease Control:

•Heart disease:

•Cancer:

•Chronic lower respiratory diseases:

•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases):

•Accidents (unintentional injuries):

•Alzheimer’s disease:

•Diabetes:

•Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis:

•Influenza and Pneumonia:

•Intentional self-harm (suicide):

Every one of these top 10 killers – physical inactivity, is a contributing factor – some, more directly than others. ….and yes, in many accidents as well, and most certainly a possible contributing factor in suicide, physical inactivity is just as deadly to emotional disorders as physical breakdown. Through inflammation, poor circulation, weakened immune systems, hormonal/chemical imbalances, blood fats, blood glucose levels, oxygen utilization, free radicals…. by increasing

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we have the potential to strongly influence our destiny.

More motivation? The fitness faithful of wildly successful people: AKA – need something done give it to a busy person. Yes – exercise increases circulation to the brain – more brain power, focus, concentration – but I also know its about that life saving skill called time management – we are in control of our time – we are not being led around in robomode stressed about a lack of productivity, complaining we have no time.  Carpe diem….Carpe the moment. Integrating concerted efforts of physical activity through out the day – is personal control and command of our behaviour – which is definitely a modern “naturally selected” survival trait.

And yes, there is a prescription for exercise. Yes, physical activity, get moving, get our steps….all very important. However, to maximize the potential benefits of exercise, there is an accurate dosage and choice of exercise, just as any prescription. But keep it moving. The M in Move, is for Motivation. The E in Exercise is for Effort – physical & psychological effort.

Exercise and Cancer – Both Art and Science

Exercise and Cancer Recovery

Exercise and Cancer? Unfortunately most people do not associate the two – but the truth is the right exercise is key in cancer prevention and cancer recovery.

It is well known that exercise through its many functions in weight management, circulation, immune system optimization…exercise is one of our best bffs in cancer prevention. There is no question cancer is a dreaded diagnosis – however a feeling of power and control vs. helplessness takes center stage in disease recovery.

Exercise and Cancer BestInHealthRadio.comIts not just about keeping busy. Its about knowing that we are taking active participation and control in our recovery. Exercise provides great psychological and physiological command in cancer recovery. Exercise and cancer treatments are true compatriots. The challenge here is exercise requirements are very different for different cancers, and different cancer treatments. And where the skill of the cancer exercise specialist comes in is the individual’s response to treatment. This can really make the difference in how well the body responds to treatment. Unfortunately, people tend to think exercise is exercise.

Albeit physical activity is always welcome and stimulates circulation, exercise demands need to be honed. The fitness program for cancer recovery is not only designed for activity, but it is also equally designed for rest. Many cancer patients have a very difficult time getting true rest. A good fitness plan to accompany cancer treatment assures good rest. Choosing the right type of exercise which also engages relaxation techniques (an equal partner to cardio respiratory, strength & stretching), encourages a deeper sleep. Sleep aids and supplements can either be very short lived, or have potentially nasty drug interactions with other treatment medications.

Exercise and Cancer Health Coaching on Best In health RadioCancer treatments themselves such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can dramatically decrease exercise strength and motivation. Therefore, the FITT (frequency, intensity, time, type)of the exercise program has to be carefully planned to support treatment. Certain cancer treatments, especially those used to treat childhood cancers, can have negative long term effects on the heart and lungs. The carefully chosen exercise protocol can help lessen long term side effects of treatment.

Recovery from Surgery: There are certain postural issues that arise after surgery (mastectomy) and lymph node dissections, and the complexities are compounded with reconstruction and radiation. Serious postural implications, muscular imbalances and tightness are the norm here, again compounded by followup treatments such as chemotherapy & radiation. Unfortunately, most people unknowingly add to muscular imbalances with training ( I see personal trainers do this too!) Postural deviations are not just about aesthetics, they can lead to chronic pain, balance issues which can lead to balance issues and increase the risk of falling and injury. Regular postural assessments and checks for muscular imbalances are a necessary component of cancer exercise training.

Cardio respiratory training can be a cancer patients path to rebuilding stamina and combatting fatigue and depression, endorphins are magical for all of us. However, yes for some cancers we need to really assure keeping body fat percentage in check. Other cancers, weight loss is a serious threat – so again we need to find that balance depending on type of cancer, treatment, and response to treatment.

Muscle cachexia is a serious threat to many cancer patients due to treatment, poor nutrient absorption due to compromised digestive capabilities. Choosing exercises that increase flexibility, preserve even encourage muscle hypertrophy, helps people with strength, sugar uptake (excess sugar in the bloodstream is lethal for cancer recovery)and of course enables people to continue with their functional demands.

Exercise is cancer treatments best partner. Worthy of its own article is the ability of again the right exercise to help treatments target the cancer cells, and preserve the healthy cells. Exercise enabling cancer treatment is truly an area worthy of the word infinite, and the even better news – more good news on this partnership is discovered regularly. The right treatment, dosage though, is front and center.