If you have been following my blog you might have noticed I’m a pretty active girl. Exercise is a HUGE part of my life and I also know it has been a HUGE part of my recovery both mentally and physically throughout my life fighting my disease.
I enjoy most exercise and never tire of the post workout adrenaline rush and the feeling of getting stronger (love a bit of DOMS)! Aerobics, weights, walking, running, step, cycling, yoga, most anything really!!
After finishing my maths degree i decided to train as an ETM instructor and went on to become a Les Mills Body Attack and Body Pump instructor. I loved the transition from participating in classes to teaching them. I enjoy encouraging others and sharing my passion for exercise.
Throughout all my treatment I have always maintained a level of activity in an aim not to lose my physical fitness and support my mental health too!! Even when an inpatient I would try and go for a walk each day, even if it was just around the ward or to the car park. A little bit of movement and a bit of fresh air makes you feel a world of difference. On other days when feeling better I would either sneak out to the gym or do my own workout in my room.
Physically I believe this has kept my muscles stronger, which means I don’t lose as much muscle mass and strength when going through treatment or infections. It has increased my lung capacity and hearts strength meaning I suffer much less when being severely anaemic. It has kept me mobile and able to get out of bed and walk!! Of course it also keeps your organs healthier, your weight in control, improved sleep, more energy, and all the other wonderful health benefits
Mentally doing exercise has given me a focus. Just getting up out of bed doing some exercises gives you something to do and makes you feel better. There is nothing like laying around in bed to make you feel more tired. Exercise helps me de-stress and reduce my anxiety.
Overall it has kept me sane and moving. Just thinking about this time when I was in hospital from September to February. IF I hadn’t kept active I am certain I would have been in a wheelchair.
My consultant is eager for me to share my fitness passion with other patients. So my idea is to start a YouTube Channel sharing my experience of exercise and cancer treatment and sharing workout ideas. I know that I have quite a unique relationship with exercise though. So I would like to find out about other peoples experiences first and know if this is something that would have helped you.
Did you exercise through chemo? – or do you wish you had?
What are the barriers to you exercising?
Does exercise help you?
Did you exercise before treatment? – did treatment stop you?
And anything else you would like to share!!!