BY EMMET RUSHE: I was honoured to have been asked to talk at the ‘Fight Back Conference’ at Relay For Life 2015. My talk was on ‘The Positive Impact Of Physical Activity On A Cancer Diagnosis’.The following article is a breakdown of my talk. If you’re becoming more active during or after cancer treatment, you’ll need to consider how much activity is appropriate for you.This will depend on different things, for example any side effects or symptoms you may have and your level of fitness before treatment.It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body and you should start with gentle and low intensity activities.You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter.There are a number of tips that can help you to get started.They’ll also help you stay motivated; Join an activity group or association.Walk or cycle to the shops.Keep a record of how active you’ve been.Set goals you can achieve.Take up activities you enjoy. Make sure they are fun.Tell your friends about it. They may want to join you.The activities you do will depend on different factors. Make sure you keep to the level of activity that is appropriate for you and choose activities you enjoy and, if possible, do a mix of activities:Aerobic exercises – walking, dancing, running, cycling or swimming – are good for heart health.Resistance exercises – lifting small weights or ‘sit to stand’ exercises that you can do at home – help strengthen muscle.Flexibility exercises – stretches, yoga, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong – improve suppleness. These are also great for balance.If you are living with advanced cancer, being physically active can benefit you. It can help improve symptoms such as tiredness, poor appetite and constipation.It reduces stress and helps you sleep better.Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do.To begin with try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting or lying down. Just moving around the house and doing simple day to day things will help.You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises.See if you can get your family and friends to join in with you.Resistance exercises can help strengthen your muscles and bones.This helps with getting in and out of chairs or baths, going up and down stairs, and going shopping.It also helps reduce the risk of accidentally falling. There are chair-based exercises that can help improve your muscle strength and flexibility. Example from the evidence;An RCT in Glasgow offered a 12 week group exercise sessions for women with early stage breast cancer as an addition to standard care.8The study found significant improvements in physical functioning, active daily living, shoulder range of movement, cardio-vascular fitness, positive mood, and breast cancer-specific quality of life. There were no adverse events reported. There was also evidence that the intervention group spent fewer nights in hospital and made fewer visits to their GP than the control group. It’s important to get advice before you start becoming more active.Your cancer doctor, GP or specialist nurse can tell you what type of exercise is most appropriate for you.You can also get support from a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.Your physiotherapist can show you exercises that will help improve your fitness and an occupational therapist can show you ways to help you to save your energy so that you can take some gentle physical activity.Good evidence exists to support the promotion of physical activity throughout the cancer care pathway.Activity should be promoted to patients at all stages of cancer from initial diagnosis through to the later stages, where being active can continue to benefit physical function and quality of life. The evidence shows that if an activity recommendation is carefully tailored to the individual, and takes account of potential side effects, it is likely to have a positive impact.#TrainSmartIf you are unsure how to start or would like to join a friendly and supportive team, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON A CANCER DIAGNOSIS was last modified: May 31st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnRelay for Life
As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the lawsuit against Monsanto brought by Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman in Washington this week, The Wall Street Journal released an editorial detailing the importance of protecting the intellectual property rights of innovators not only in the agriculture industry, but in other industries as well.Seeds of InnovationWall Street Journal Editorial February 20, 2013 Small farmers make sympathetic plaintiffs, but in Monsanto v. Bowman argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court they would also make bad law. Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman bought Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seed under a licensing agreement that said he could plant the seeds only once for commercial crops and couldn’t recycle them. That didn’t appeal to Mr. Bowman, who wanted cheaper soybean seeds. So he bought other seeds from a grain elevator guessing that most would also use Roundup Ready technology, which makes plants resistant to a common weed killer. When Monsanto sued, Mr. Bowman invoked what lawyers call the “doctrine of patent exhaustion” — that once a patented product is sold, the patent no longer protects the product. He argues that because soybeans are a self-replicating technology, “subsequent generations” are already embodied in each existing soybean and therefore aren’t protected by the patent. At Tuesday’s oral argument, Chief Justice John Roberts was incredulous. “Why in the world would anybody spend any money to try to improve the seed if as soon as they sold the first one anybody could grow more and have as many of those seeds as they want?” he asked. Justice Stephen Breyer noted that Mr. Bowman could do anything with the seeds except grow the next generation of seeds that amount to a new product and directly infringe Monsanto’s patent. Monsanto spends $1.5 billion a year on R&D, and it takes over a decade and more than $100 million to bring a product to market. For Roundup Ready, research began in the 1980s and it became a commercial product in 1996. Some 275,000 farmers a year now use it, but the patent expires in 2014. The case has implications beyond agriculture to biotech and any business that depends heavily on patents. That may be precisely why the Justices took the case and would be consistent with their recent interest in sorting out increasingly confused U.S. patent law. The Justices can help in this case by sending a useful message that when it comes to innovation, you reap what you sow.