Exercise, Nutrition and Cancer
We understand that as soon as you hear the word cancer coming from the mouth of a doctor, your life is turned upside down and priorities shift fundamentally. One of those changes in priorities should be, but too rarely is, a huge rise in the importance of healthy lifestyle and exercise. We understand that this is not the time for training to break records! But the importance of healthy, appropriate, medium intensity exercise cannot be over emphasised when you face a battle with cancer. And just as importantly, arming your body with the right nutrients to fight both the disease, and to recover from the treatments, is vital. Whatever treatment plan you follow, the stronger your body and the greater reserves of energy it has, the more likely you are to win the battle.
Personal Training and Cancer
Our bodies are producing cancerous cells 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most of the time our immune systems identify and destroy these cells, preventing the development of carcinomas, sarcomas, leukaemias, lymphomas or neuro-system cancers. Cancer develops when the balance is tipped for some reason, and the cancerous cells are being created faster than the immune system can clear them up. The key question is why has that balance of power been altered? 95% of humans are genetically healthy – so the causes of this shift in cellular biochemistry are environmental and involve changes in the Epigenetic system, the system that interprets and activates the genes. The Epigenetic system responds to controllable stimulii like nutrition, exercise, breathing, toxins, sleep patterns, etc.. So adopting these healthy lifestyle factors can help your body fight the cancer! Our personal trainers are experts at helping individuals adopt healthy exercise, nutrition, postural and lifestyle factors, and will be able to guide and support you through your journey.
Another hugely important factor to consider is that the prevalent available treatments for cancer – surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy – are traumatic to the body. We need to make the healthy cells and systems of your body as strong and resilient as possible to stand up to the rigors of these treatments. Adopting healthy eating, movement and lifestyle habits will maximise your ability to win the battle.