The Vital and Undeniable Benefits of Exercise
Daily exercise isn’t just about keeping your body fit, toned, and young. While these are obvious perks of a regular workout routine, the real goal is to stop the process of degeneration—to regenerate, rebuild, and repair your body from the inside out.
Ultimately, aging is inevitable—and no amount of exercise is going to stop the clock. The pace of degeneration, however, is somewhat optional. That’s because you are biologically programmed, through millions of years of evolution, to keep moving and growing in times of health and abundance—and alternatively to conserve and slow down in preparation for famine and death.
In other words, failing to build muscle and endurance sends a signal to your body that it’s time to start degenerating—to start dying. So, if you want to stay alive, you have to keep moving. Even as you age, exercise (both cardio and resistance) can help to reverse the process of degeneration by triggering signals to our body to regenerate, to grow, and to thrive.
Remember that, as a cancer patient, you aren’t just aging—you are degenerating as a consequence of the disease. Regular exercise, however, will combat this trend by building your body and aiding you in your battle against prostate cancer. In other words, you have a choice: regenerate or degenerate.
Fact: Regular, vigorous exercise improves your odds of surviving prostate cancer. We recommend that you exercise 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week if you want to secure your best chances against this disease.
Research shows that leaner men have lower rates of prostate cancer, less aggressive types of prostate cancer when they are diagnosed with it, and less carcinogens lurking in their fatty tissue. Regular exercise in combination with a sound diet is the only way to stay lean. Once again, that means that you need to be getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 4 to 6 days a week. Four days a week is okay—six is much better.
Again, science indicates that active men with prostate cancer have a lower risk of dying of the disease than their sedentary counterparts. A combination of resistance and cardio is optimal, especially for fat loss—and maintaining muscle mass is a must, especially if you’re on hormone therapy. This requires resistance-based strength training 2 to 3 times per week, so get ready to start pumping some iron and doing some push-ups. You can do this!
In a future post, I will talk about a cancer-savvy diet, which complements the benefits of exercise described here. Yes, this is all connected and contributes to achieving the virtuous cycle underlying The Six Elements of our Integrative Roadmap. And this is our goal, so let’s get moving and make it happen, shall we?
All the Best,
David, Co-founder & CEO