When I was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall both my naturopath and my oncologist told me that along with treatment I had to exercise 2-3 hours a week. For those of you who exercise regularly that might sound easy. However for a gal who is going through chemo and has two small children 2 hours seemed almost impossible! When would I find the time or energy for that?! But according to the National Cancer Institute, studies are now showing that moderate to high physical activity for 30 to 60 minutes a day is associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk. They are also saying breast cancer survivors who exercise at least 2-3 hours a week can help reduce their risk of recurrence.
SO I HAD TO GET BUSY. No excuses.
I love yoga and practice often but I needed to do more than just yoga I needed some serious cardio and strength training added to the regime.
So I started by walking lots – which was great but I needed more. Enter Rhonda and TAB Fitness. I am so happy that I found Rhonda! She owns The Art of Balance (TAB) in Toronto. It is a small boutique fitness studio that combines dance conditioning, pilates, yoga and personal training techniques and it rocks! I am not the type of person who would ever join a big gym. So TAB was perfect for me. Rhonda is a dancer, fitness expert, personal trainer and a mom and she knows her stuff. During my break between chemo and surgery I really wanted to build my strength and she helped me with that. If you live in Toronto’s west end I highly recommend trying out a class at TAB or booking a personal training session with Rhonda. Her classes are fun – so most of the time you don’t feel like you are getting your butt kicked! If we have to exercise for our health we might as well enjoy it! And I must say my muscles are looking mighty fine for a gal who spent the winter in chemotherapy!
So pretty, pretty please do yourself a huge favour and exercise. If you already have a wicked daily regime pat yourself on the back and hug yourself too!! But if you don’t you need to get on that. There are so many different regimes so find something that you like doing and make time to do it as often as you can. I know it’s easier said than done but I challenge you to try. Imagine that exercise is as important as eating and sleeping. Just make it an enjoyable and essential part of your week.
Your body will reward you with such lovely treats as increased energy, better sleep, better libido, improved self image and overall happy healthy goodness.