Get Moving. Get Healthy. Start Now!

bigstock-Runner--running-shoes-closeup-36640585Having a life-threatening medical condition was never on my bucket list and I’m sure it is not on yours either. In the case of cancer, the treatment can be as debilitating as the disease itself. All together, it takes a toll on your physical and emotional well-being – there’s no doubt about that. Two factors have helped me get through it. First, having a powerful support system of family and friends. Second, being in good overall health – this is what I want to expand on today.

I am living proof of the importance of good health and exercise. I cannot imagine how I would have made it this far had I not started in good shape. Continuing to train throughout my treatment improved my outlook and kept me thinking positively – improving my overall quality of life even through an extremely difficult and scary time.

If you find yourself with an unexpected diagnosis, as I did, or you are injured in an accident, your chances of recovering greatly improve if you are physically fit. According to an article on , studies show that people who regularly engage in physical activity enjoy a higher quality of life than those who are sedentary, and they reap numerous benefits, including, “Quicker recovery from illnesses, injuries, and surgeries—and a more positive outlook during recovery.”

The good news is it’s never too late to start. Set some realistic but empowering goals for yourself — such as Teri’s Challenge to run or walk a 5K or farther in October — then gradually increase your activity every day.

Don’t think you can do it? Here’s a quick message from my Teri’s Challenge partner, Sara Poor:

“On Thursday, I used my frustration to do more than I thought I could. I was able to go up and down the stadium stairs 6 times!! These weren’t all at once. I went up and down 2 times, rested for 2 minutes, went up and down 2 more times, walked a lap around the track to give my legs a rest, and then did the last 2 times. I finished my workout with more laps and some abdominal work, then headed to the gym to take a cold shower. Afterwards, I went to my office to pick up my computer so I could get some work done at home. When I got to my quiet, empty office, I just sat at my desk doing nothing but breathing-and then I cried because I had done what had previously been impossible! I couldn’t do it on Tuesday because I knew I couldn’t, but I could do it on Thursday because I KNEW I COULD!”

And, if you’re still not convinced, read Alan Ali’s inspiring story at and you’ll agree that Yes, you can do a 5K!

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