recently I was asked by a reader of this blog, with views and opinions on the main thrust of the blog, if I would host a posting by them which I agreed to on condition that it was 'selling' nothing and was broadly rational!
I now offer Liz Davies' posting - un-edited and am happy to say I endorse much of the sound common sense she offers.
Recently October) Lee and I took on a new home which promptly gave rise to an irational amount of work - both in terms of just moving but also the large garden required a lot of attention and remodelling - we found the kitchen roof leaked like a sieve and we had to take that off and rebuild it with new timbers, a more viable angle and more besides - The house had zero roof insulation so that had to be done and the attics floored - then we realised the heating system was not only dated but far from effective!
And so it goes on!
The work has in itself provided its fair share of 'pain' as without ANY stomach muscles or much of an imune system it was all uphill! However I was determined to break the back of the work and ensure it was warm and homely for Lee if anything DID happen to me since after all I was expected to die by around the end of June.
The challenges, the work and the goals have contributed hugely to my survival to date - I am sure! Whether that has been the excercise, the determination to ensure Lee will be OK, her support or just the excercise I can not tell - BUT I'm still here!
So far so good!
Liz Davies is a great advocate of excercise - I see no reason to disagree with her!
That said I do tend to subscribe to the concept that if you need excercise it could be dangerous for you and if you don't need it why do it! Ever the cynic ;-)
Here are Liz Davies' thoughts on the issue of attitude & excercise:
Along with its numerous physical benefits, exercise can provide positive psychological effects. We now know through research that exercise increases the levels of dopamine and serotonin- neurotransmitters in the brain. The boosted levels of these neurotransmitters can, in turn, help with conditions like cancer, increasing energy levels and mood.
Our brains produce the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin to allow communication between brain cells. The brain uses dopamine to activate motor skills and modulate concentration and mood. Serotonin is used to regulate mood, appetite, body temperature, and more. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression- a not uncommon condition among cancer patients.
Starting an exercise regimen can increase the levels of serotonin in your brain, helping you maintain a more positive mood and relieving anxiety. Serotonin boosts mood, helps lift depression, and increases feelings of satiety. If you've ever physically exerted yourself and felt an elevation of mood afterwards, you were likely experiencing the effects of increased neurotransmitters, including serotonin. Many prescription drugs work to alleviate depression symptoms by increasing those same serotonin levels, but you can accomplish the same thing through exercise and without the negative side effects of drugs.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with your bioclock- your cycles of sleeping and waking. An imbalance in our dopamine levels typically causes the feeling you get when you have "jet lag". Our stores can become depleted from chronic anxiety, stress, or low blood sugar levels. There is also a relationship between dopamine and serotonin. Raising levels of one helps raises the level of the other.
If you start an exercise regimen, you will also notice a pain-killing effect. This is brought about by the effect exercise has on bodily substances that function as neurotransmitters, namely endorphins. Endorphins are the body's own pain killers. The well known "runners high" is created by the release of endorphins, providing soothing feelings of pain relief and mood elevation. Some patients suffering from forms of cancer such as mesothelioma have even been able to lower their dosage of pain relievers due to the endorphin effect.
Although you may be ill, there are still some exercises you can do that will provide all the benefits outlined here. Your present condition and any treatments you are undergoing will, of course, have an impact on what type of exercise you should get. As always, consult with your doctor before attempting any activities that could impact your condition.
Thank you for your contribution Liz and I hope you have found the rest of the blog of help and interest in the same way that I enjoyed your article.
I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
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