Breast Cancer Survivors Need to do Strength Training

Cancer sucks.

There is really no other way to say it.

Cancer is one of those things that has touched almost every family, and even for those that have beaten cancer, the scars (literal and figurative) will last for the rest of your life.

The Need for Strength Training

I’ve written before about the positive impacts of exercise for breast cancer survivors.

survivorMany of the same positive reasons for exercise that I cited before still apply, but the topic rises again due to the publication of a recent study at Florida State University.

Because of the toll that chemotherapy and other cancer treatments have on the body, post treatment many women have a decrease in bone density and muscle mass. Strength training is key to preventing further decrease to muscle and bone tissue,  and researchers hope to show that it also will help to reverse some of the damage.

After implementing this study in 2010, feedback from participants has been very encouraging. One woman stated that the workout regimen has helped her both “mentally and physically”. Another participant gains strength from being around other survivors that are in the study, but she also benefited physically as well. She had hoped to be able to run a 5k to help raise money for breast cancer research at the completion of the study, instead she ran 9 such races.

Perhaps the biggest affirmation that the study is helping is that many of the women have signed up to take part in the newest incarnation of the study. “They just inspired me”, said one participant about working out with her fellow survivors.

Takeaway

This is just another example of how important exercise is for all of us, no matter where we are in life and what we have recently been through.

Just do me a favor, and don’t wait to beat cancer to start exercising.

Start today.

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