Battling cancer can bring any person to his or her knees in exhaustion and feelings of physical illness. Not only does cancers such as breast cancer, leukemia, mesothelioma, and cervical cancer cause people to be depleted physically, but the treatments of these diseases can also take a heavy toll on the body. Light exercise has long been established as a positive way to increase endorphins, improve energy and stamina levels, and to lift the moods of people going through cancer treatments.
Light running is an ideal physical therapy program for individuals who are going through cancer treatments. Any running may seem impossible to some individuals who are experiencing extreme illness and bouts of severe lethargy due to their treatments. If a cancer patient feels too depleted and exhausted to begin a running regimen, he or she may consider small walks and trying to work up to light jogging sessions.
Every person reacts to chemo and radiation differently. The amount of light running that a person is able to do is of course entirely dependent upon each person’s particular situation, how his or her physical health is, and their personal doctor’s recommendation.
Many people who are going through cancer treatments or who are recovering from cancer do find it necessary to take on running schedules in very small steps. Stretching and running with a partner is important, especially during the first few weeks of committing to a light running routine. In addition to light running, changing the diet can also help to improve the way a person feels.
Studies have found that diets high in fruits have been beneficial for cancer patients as fruits have many natural antioxidants that help the person to fight a variety of illnesses. Fruits also have natural sugars that stimulate the body and increase energy levels. Incorporating one to two portions of fruit into each meal may give a cancer patient energy needed to be able to have the strength to begin a mild jogging or light running routine that can help to improve overall physical health in the form of giving the person more energy and boosting spirits.
Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.
ChiRunning Certified instructor, Coach Steve Mackel demonstrates the ChiRunning Body Looseners along with 4 additional dynamic exercises for runners. Working with the Sole Runners marathon and half marathon trainees, each Body Loosener is shown in order with explanations. When I refer to “C” shape I am talking about the specific ChiRunning Posture. You can do these even if you are not a ChiRunner because they are such a good way to warm up the body and turn the muscles on. Contact me or ChiRunning.com is you want to lean ChiRunning.
Train Focused, Steve Mackel – Certified ChiRunning/ChiWalking Instructor
“You got chocolate in my peanut butter. No, you got peanut butter in my chocolate.” The Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach is where a beach party meets a marathon and half marathon or is it where a marathon and half marathon meets a beach party. With close to 20,000 runners participating, Super Bowl Sunday took a new meaning for me.
I almost always run some race on Super Bowl Sunday but I never took on a marathon because I am a huge football fan and football comes first. Would I be too tired for the big game if I went the marathon distance? Well, 82 other Sole Runners and I ran this race on a perfect day in So Cal.
The course is flat and fast. It is an out, back, out again and back to the pier course. You get to see you friends out on the course because you are crossing paths somewhere. And, this can be a fun motivator.
Besides the good spirits on the course the beer garden was the most rockin’ post race party that I have been to. It was packed, packed with Sole Runners. The only bummer was standing in the beer line, which didn’t effect me because I wasn’t drinking until I got to me SB party.
Quick thoughts on the course, FAST but if you are running the marathon the second trip out to Warner is tough for two reasons. One, you have already been out there and second the bike path gets crowded, with bikes and runners. Two, the bike path is a little uneven around Dog Beach and felt like the slowest part of the course. But, that’s not much to deter you considering you are running along the beach. I’ll be back and thanks for watching.
Train Focused, Steve Mackel-Sole Runners Marathon and Half Marathon Training’s Head Coach