Since reading in Cure Magazine last summer that exercise at least three times a week reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence I have been obsessed with exercising daily. I’m trying not to feel too guilty when I don’t…..cause I figure that’s stress I don’t need (and who knows if stress causes cancer….lol). I couldn’t find the exact article for you, but here’s one that’s pretty close.
So last night, after dinner, I still hadn’t gotten my exercise in…..so I went skating. OK….not really skating….it was actually supposed to be a walk. But it was freezing rain while I was out….that mixed with dropping temperatures made it quite interesting. Simply trying to stay upright made me quite sore….so by the time I got home I was exhausted.
Exercise and eating right seems pretty important to staying away from cancer. Sometimes I get in a funk. Like today…..does salsa on mac and cheese count as a vegetable? It’s tough to do the right thing everyday when you’re a busy mom. But it’s pretty important so I need to stay on top of it.
I’ve discovered a few ways to exercise with my kids. I’ve started taking them to the school park nearby and letting them play while I walk laps around the park. I think one lap is about a 1/4 of a mile. Some days I run, but it’s been so snowy I think I’ll break a leg if I run.
I also read an article about exercising at the playground. Since my surgery I have needed to stretch daily, so I usually take the opportunity at the playground. Here’s a good article with some pictures. If you’ve had mastectomies like me….you want to stretch everyday so be creative with your upper body. Sometimes I just hang from a monkey bar. I’ll never be able to do a pull-up…..not that I ever could before….lol!
I’m off to grab a clementine….