Great entries, so far, folks!
Shoveling snow in Canada and walking on the sandy beaches of Carmel…the internet certainly has made our world smaller, hasn’t it? Both of these can absolutely be considered exercise; going to a “gym” isn’t the only way to get exercise.
The main point is to get your heart rate going and to shun the sedentary lifestyle in order to both assist in your fight against prostate cancer, and to prolong the overall length & quality of your life (plus the other benefits listed in my first posting in this thread).
In fact, while some guys are going at it vigorously at the gym, the studies basically confirm the phrase I’ve used repeatedly here that “a little bit is better than nada” (from a song by the Texas Tornados in the movie “Tin Cup”). For example, for you guys on HT/ADT, your doctors probably already told you this, but perhaps the others here who have not progressed are unfamiliar with the bone loss which occurs as a HT side effect. That effect, however, can be completely offset (as well as a reduction in the feeling of fatigue) by exercise consisting only of a daily 20- to 30-minute walk. [This shows up plenty of places, but here's a reference to a Johns Hopkins study: LINK]
For our newcomers here, exercise is also very important for those just diagnosed. Many who have undergone conventional treatments work hard to get themselves into the best shape possible before surgery, for example, in anticipation of accelerating their recovery “on the other side”, as the phrase here goes. For those who forego or delay conventional treatment for an Active Surveillance program, you won’t find an established A.S. program anywhere that doesn’t include exercise/fitness to help fight PC progression.
Exercise is beneficial throughout the entire lifecycle of dealing with prostate cancer.
What’s most important is making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle…and for some people that represents a difficult change. I hope that some of you might get some inspiration to change sometime over the next several weeks, and will start to make an entry here in this week’s thread (or in one of the threads which will follow for the next few weeks). You will get support here for starting; for your willingness to change…
At the same time, I gotta believe that there are others of you out there who are doing some exercise now, and maybe you realize that you should be doing some more in order to realize the broad benefits. As I mentioned in the first posting of this thread, the mutual support of friends (like from this site) has been shown in studies (and let’s face it, it’s just common sense) can help motivate you to follow-through with your goals of more exercise. Let’s see your entries here, too, please.
NOTE: While hopefully the exercise will continue through-out the year, I will be posting one thread for each of the next 4-weeks to help build enthusiasm and encourage participation, but after 4-weeks my threads like this will end. Let's see what we can do in the next 4-weeks.
My entry for the day, Wednesday, January 12th. I got up early and drove to Wisconsin (lake house) to meet with several contractors. (I’m between meetings now.) Had to shovel sidewalk to get from parking area to house. It’ll be a late night returning home, so that’ll probably be it for me today.