Exercise………defined by my oncologist, Dr. Richard Levine is 30 minutes of elevated heart rate. That means getting your heart rate 50-60% above the resting rate for a 30 minute sustained period of time. Dr. Levine recommends all cancer patients who are able, do this at least 5 times a week. He also states that by doing this cancer patients have a 30 % benefit. They are 30% less likely to have a recurrence of cancer by exercising 5 times a week.
Chemotherapy only gave me a 28% benefit. By enduring the rigors of chemo, I got 28% less chance of a recurrence of my breast cancer. So guess where I am at least 5 times a week? I am at the gym exercising. The 30 % I get from exercising is HUGE!! And on the days when I just don’t feel like it…..I think of the chemo chair. I would much rather be on the treadmill, or elliptical trainer than in the chair. Motivating myself has become quite easy. And I share this with you to help you realize just how important exercise is.
If you are NOT a cancer patient…….you get the 30% applied to your non cancer status and prevent an occurance of cancer to begin with. Something to think about the next time you want to blow off the gym 🙂