Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick is a Registered Kinesiologist and Cancer Movement Therapist teaching cancer patients how to move better and feel better.

Am I too old to Exercise (especially after cancer)?

OK, are you really asking this question?  If so, if you really think there is an age limitation to exercise, then I have a story for you.

This past year (2017) Harriette Thompson passed away at the age of 94.  One of the remarkable things about Harriette, aside from so many others, is that Harriette ran a marathon at the age of 92 and ran a half marathon at the age of 94.  Wow!!!  This is incredible.  But wait, there’s more!  Harriette was a three time cancer survivor.  She started running in her mid 70s as a way to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 

If that’s not just a little motivation, I’m not sure what is.

There is never an age limit for exercise.  And you can start at any age – even after a cancer diagnosis.  If you haven’t got your copy of my e-booklet sign up on my site and take a read through:

5 Things Cancer Patients Needs to Know Before Exercising

Exercise is being prescribed for cancer patients before treatment, during treatment, and after treatment.  Your previous exercise experience, specific diagnosis, and type of treatment will all be relevant to the type of exercise that is safe for you. 

As we age, and depending on the type of cancer treatment you received, there are other factors that may be important considerations in our quest for better health through exercise.  Bone health, cardio-vascular health, balance, and joint pain have to be addressed so you stay safe while exercising.  If these issues aren’t addressed before you exercise you are at increased risk of injury and further health issues.  That’s why a Pre-Exercise Assessment is vitally important for cancer patients.

Start slowly.  And add to your exercise program as you are motivated and as you are able.  We are not all going to be marathon runners.  Pick an activity that you love (or at least like) because it will help you stick to your program.  Some patients crave variety, looking for new activities to fight boredom or build skills.  Others like the comfort of familiarity and stick with what works for them.  This could be walking, swimming, elliptical, or yoga.  Maybe it’s a stretching program.  It doesn’t matter as long as it’s right for you!

Any questions?  I am here to help.  Send me an email.

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