Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Check-In

How are you doing with those New Year’s Resolutions?  

I am not sure I actually made any resolutions this year because I am still trying to do a few from last year! I guess the point is to keep trying and don’t give up, particularly if your resolution is increasing your activity with exercise and eating a better diet.

If only we all had a personal chef and a fitness trainer to take care of us! If this just seems too overwhelming just consider changing one thing. Try walking the stairs at work over lunch if you can’t get outside. Or add a piece of fresh fruit to your lunch in place of a bag of chips. You can do one thing! We all can.  

Why is this important for breast cancer survivors? Many studies have indicated that being overweight
and/or obese are well-established risk factors for increasing our risk for breast cancer or a recurrence of breast cancer. Weight management is now considered a priority standard of care for overweight women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

There is also substantial research on physical activity in breast cancer survivors that noted statistically significant improvements in quality of life, physical functioning, peak oxygen consumption and reduction in fatigue.  

So think of an activity you loved to do as a child… maybe that was riding your bike, so why not try this again.

Or maybe it is time to visit the local YMCA and see what they have to offer.

You can change! We all can … one step at a time.