The American College of Sports Medicine revisits exercise prescription for the average person every few years. The current recommendations for exercise, aside from any physical limitations existing are as follows.
The message is simple and a little underwhelming, but so integral to recovery. ACSM, ACS, and USDHHS have stuck to the general exercise recommendations for post-cancer treatment, only applying them appropriately based on common side effects from treatments. Also, mandating a doctor’s release after treatment is a must and referring back to the doctor is necessary when showing these signs:
Source: Irwin, Melinda L. ACSM's Guide to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship. Champaign, IL. Human Kinetics. 2012. Print.
Have you ever ran a local trail or road race? Was this a satisfying experience when you finished? I would guess that most would say “Yes”.
Upon completing an Ironman last month, it is clear to me that any successful racing event is only possible with the help of selfless volunteers.
I volunteered last year at the Kansas City Marathon and had a blast. I volunteered with the Kansas City Track Club at the second aid station on 31st and Main. After a brief group caffeination, we spent the morning setting up tables, filling water cups, picking up trash and doing whatever was needed to be sure that runners could have a flawless race experience. I plan to attend the same volunteering event again this year.
If you have ever ran a race and you are not participating in the KC Marathon weekend events this year, SIGN UP! If you have never ran a race before, SIGN UP! Both experienced runners and non-runners will walk away from this event with an amazing feeling that they made a difference. No matter who you are, it is inspiring to watch people battle the concrete for many, many miles. I believe volunteers make or break an event so with thousands of participants this year, your help is needed!
The Kansas City Marathon is Saturday morning, October 17th. You can find volunteer opportunities at http://www.sportkc.org/marathon/volunteer/.
See you out there!
A few years ago, The American College of Sports Medicine along with the American Cancer Society teamed up to form a new certification for certified fitness professionals. The Cancer Exercise Trainer Certification is a certification that educates personal trainers on assessing and designing fitness programs for cancer patients and survivors based on the diagnosis and treatment of their illness. It has become clear to me that basic fitness programming is not readily available to patients and survivors. Education through oncologists, professional fitness resources and your local Cancer Exercise Trainer should make obvious the benefits of developing a fitness program that will help defeat or suppress symptoms associated with cancer treatments and enhance survivorship.
Key Benefits of Exercising during and after Cancer Treatments
While other possible benefits from exercise may exist, research on exercise during and after cancer treatments is unfortunately limited. I look forward to keeping up with the latest studies and information on the relationship between exercise and cancer. I hope to develop and implement comprehensive fitness programming for patients and survivors by continuing to learn about the correlation between cancer and exercise and how you can control or eliminate symptoms from treatments and advocate prevention methods.
More to come!