I have been very fortunate to be a participant in an exercise study for breast cancer survivors for the last 23 months. The study just ended and the preliminary results are significant. Looking at bone density, and the impact of exercise looks very positive. The study was funded by the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org and the Komen foundation. www.komen.org.
Two groups were randomized, one attending a stretching, yoga class and the other a strength training class. The exercise results from both groups show very positive health improvements. Total body mass reduction, flexibility increases, less falls and bone density level gains.
Besides all the numerical health benefits, the emotional and personal gains are outstanding. To be a part of a land mark study that is pro active for your own health, and help other women going through breast cancer in the future is an honor. I was able to exercise with a good friend and become friends with other women who also happen to be breast cancer survivors. I am stronger than I was 2 years ago in many ways.
To become a part of a study near you look at www.armyofwomen.org. Dr. Susan Love and Avon are looking for women to join their army who are healthy as well as those with health issues.