Last week when I was feeling doubtful about continuing with this blog I sent a message out to the universe asking, ‘What should I do with my blog? Should I stop writing it?’
To my amazement the next morning I awoke to find an email in my inbox that started as follows:
“I asked that you contact me after coming across and reading the great content on your blog—your site really caught my eye.”
So, with deep gratitude to the universe for providing encouragement when I needed it most I would like to share with you an article written by Melanie Bowen (the author of the above email).
Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics.
Here is her article:
The Importance of Fitness For All Ages
Perhaps you're feeling down about your doctor's opinion on your life expectancy. Maybe you're feeling glum because - let's face it - being sick is never fun. Whether you're dealing with mesothelioma, leukemia, skin cancer or even diabetes, medical issues can wear you down physically, but emotionally, as well.
You may be under the false impression that exercise is for healthy people, but this isn't true. Even if you're very ill and are exhausted from battling your terminal illness, exercise can help improve the way you view your body, your disease, your physical appearance, and even the world.
While traditional medical treatments may be exhausting and stressful, a bit of relaxing exercises can not only burn up nervous energy and help stimulate your muscles, but can also relax your mind and help you let go of the tensions of the day. You don't need to buy expensive gym memberships or purchase fancy home equipment in order to reap the benefits of exercise. In fact, there are a number of ways you can incorporate fitness and exercise into your daily life that are both inexpensive and simple to get started with.
For example, when you're preparing for a treatment, consider taking a brisk walk outside. You might enjoy watching the sunrise or maybe you're more of a cool evening person. Walking up and down the stairs of your home is also one way to get your blood pumping. While exercise may at first be a bit overwhelming and tiring, you'll soon find that you have increased self-confidence and increased energy levels.
Make sure you discuss any exercise plans with your doctor before you begin since, depending on your health status and treatments, he may have information or suggestions for easing yourself into exercise. Don't be embarrassed or shy to admit that you want to exercise despite your diagnosis. Your doctor will be able to not only help you figure out your current fitness level, but can offer suggestions for increasing your fitness level slowly so you don't injure yourself or become overwhelmed with the idea of fitness.
If you're scared to try something new alone, don't be afraid to grab the help of a friend. Sometimes just having someone who isn't afraid to look silly and dance around the house can be a great way to ease into at-home exercise. Put on some music and shake it loose with your friend. You can eventually work your way up to aerobics or an at-home step exercise program.