I write to you from 1,660 miles away in the natural state, Arkansas. Now this isn’t a place I would normally vacation, and in fact I’m not vacationing now.
I’m here with my sister Nikki and my son Blake supporting my Dad as he begins his battle with colon cancer. He has endured many battles over the years externally in war in Vietnam, physically being a double amputee, and internally through open heart surgery. He is a warrior to say the least.
The more I’ve read and researched about colon cancer, a reoccurring theme keeps popping up. Exercise can help prolong patients’ lives.
Here are some fitness options that can help you reduce your risk of colon cancer by as much as 35 percent and prolong your life if diagnosed:
•One hour per day of vigorous exercise
•Two hours per day of moderate exercise
•Walking two miles per day
•Vigorous house cleaning
•An hour and a half of yard work 3-4 times per week.
As always, combine your physical activity with proper nutrition. We all pretty much know what proper nutrition is, but let me give you a basic rundown. Eat large quantities of green leafy vegetables. Limit consumption of fatty cuts of meat, fried foods, sweets and candies. Choose lean protein sources like chicken breast, fish, and turkey. Eat proper portion sizes and use your common sense, for goodness sake.
Sitting in the doctor’s office as the doctor went over the game plan for combating my Dad’s cancer medically, she kept repeating to my Dad, “You can’t change the situation, the only thing you can do is do the treatments and, most importantly, remain POSITIVE.” The WILL is a ridiculously strong thing. It is not something physical, but metaphysical, and can have resounding effects on our physical state.
It’s not a matter of if you will be faced with a serious situation in life — be it cancer, disease, or illness — it’s when, and what really matters most is how you decide to deal with it. Will you lay down and give up or will you jump into combat mode and press on?
We may or may not add any more years to our life, but we can add life to the years that we have with our loved ones. Exercise, eat right and be positive!
Please visit www.ramonastrainer.com for more info and this week’s Workout of the Week video and how you can get started on your path to you, only better! I can be reached at the club at 760-789-3500.