Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Importance of Exercising During and After Cancer

Hi friends.  I'm sharing a special post today written by David Haas.  David contacted me and asked if I would be interested in posting one of his articles about cancer awareness, to which of course I happily agreed.  I'm very blessed to report that my mother is a breast cancer survivor, which is one reason I take cancer awareness seriously. 

I wanted to make a card to share with David's article, so I made use of the Color Throwdown's first challenge of the year.  Bar's color choice was perfect for my card:
David is a Guest Blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, so I did a little research and found that the ribbon awareness color for Mesothelioma is pearl.  I used some satin white ribbon to depict pearl, and recolored my MTME Amour paper (swapped pink with gray) to follow the palette ;]  My layout was inspired by the Mojo Monday challenge (MOJO222).
As for David's article, he eloquently educates us on the importance of exercising during and after cancer.  I hope you'll take a minute to read his important message whether you or someone you know has been affected by cancer.  You never know when this type of knowledge will be useful in life.

The Importance of Exercising During and After Cancer

After you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you have to reassess your entire life. How you eat, when you sleep, and how you care for your body are all factors of life that you must tailor to survive cancer. Whether you are a cancer survivor or recently diagnosed, changes have to be made to your lifestyle in order to maintain your health. However, both cancer survivors and those who have been recently diagnosed should consider the health benefits of continued fitness both during and after cancer.

If you already have a fitness routine when you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be beneficial to continue with it. However, you should adjust your exercise routine to ensure that you do not overexert yourself during treatments. Cancer changes your body. While you are undergoing cancer treatments, your doctor may recommend that you decrease the intensity of your workouts, as well as tailor your fitness routine to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefits, and not hurting yourself.

Maintaining an exercise routine while you have cancer and after you have cancer can help you in a variety of ways. Exercise can help you maintain your weight, as well as keep your bones, joints, and muscles healthy. Exercise also helps with your mental well-being. Having a healthy mental well-being while you have cancer is vital to getting better. When you feel good about yourself and know you are keeping your body healthy, it can boost your mood.

After you go through cancer, you need to slowly build your health back up. Exercise is an ideal way to help build up your health because you can tailor exercise routines. For example, you can slowly build up how much rigorous activity you do as you start to feel better. Typically, adults need to exercise at least five days a week for 30 minutes a day. However, as you go through cancer or build yourself up after cancer, you can tailor this amount of exercise to fit your needs.

While studies are not conclusive, research has indicated that people who have a regular exercise routine have a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer.

When your doctor gives you a cancer diagnosis, it does not matter what type of cancer it is. Whether it is breast cancer or mesothelioma, the news is always devastating. However, when you keep yourself active, it can help you overcome the obstacle of cancer.

Thanks for letting me share my card and David's important message. I hope you found it enlightening. 

Please be sure to visit the CTD gals today while you soak up your creative inspiration.  You can find their links over at the CTD blog :0] 

I hope you all have a wonderful, prosperous 2012 ♥


Dana Gustafson said...

Fantastic card and wonderful message. It's all about strength and endurance. Thanks for sharing Kristin!

Marlena M. said...

Stunning card, Kristin-beautifully done. Thanks for including the article. ;)

Wanda Cullen said...

Well first I have to comment on your lovely new avatar...gorgeous girl there! What a special card and just perfect to pair with this great article! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy Hershberger said...

Beautiful card, Kristin! LOVE the papers you used... those daisies are sweet! And your new picture.... looking good! :)

Stacy Morgan said...

This is a beautiful sentiment focus. I really like the layout and wonderful shapes! Beautiful card.

Shelly Koskinen said...

This is a beautiful card!!!

Joan Ervin said...

You have worked the challenge colors beautifully, how you added the ribbon with the flowers!!! Thanks for the great article, too...lots of good info here!!!!

Lynn Put said...

Kristin your card is lovely and for a wonderful cause! The ribbon with the red roses and pretty floral paper looks fantastic!

Barbara said...

Fabulous design for a wonderful cause. That ribbon works perfectly with that layout. Gorgeous new picture, too, girlie :)

Broni said...

What a beautiful and appropriate card! Thanks so much for posting that article too! Happy New Year!!

dpkennedy said...

Beautiful card Kristin! I think it's great that you shared that article, thank you!

Lori said...

Lovely card, Kristin! It's perfect for the challenge and as a companion to the article.

Shannon White said...

What a Lovely card for such a Wonderful cause too! Love the dp's you chose and your Fabulous Sentiment too! 8-)


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