|03-14-2009, 06:23 PM||#11|
Re: CrossFit and Cancer
Post treatment, as in surgery, radiation, and chemo for breast cancer, patients will decondition, gain weight, etc., but this is not anabolic in a healthy sense. Fat from too many calories and a decrease, often dramatic, in activity.
Experimental data demonstrates the benefits of exercise in terms of quality of life in patients who are physically active during cancer treatment. Healthy diet and a mix of resistance and aerobic exercise are beneficial.
The general nature of some of the Crossfit workouts could work for some cancer patients. There are many things going on physiologically with cancer patients: aches, nausea, numbness, recovering from surgical wounds, etc. that can have deleterious effects in the short, intermediate, and long term.
This is not the time to set PR's every week or every workout. Just try to keep a good pace, work until a bit fatigued, don't be afraid to stop if it doesn't feel right, and take a day off if you need it.
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