Physical inspiration

I’ve just returned from a walk/jog/walk/jog/walk… Week 1 Day 1 of C25K. The plan is to get from the couch to running 5 kilometres. It hurt! The body didn’t have a clue what I was trying to do! My lungs got their biggest workout in 8 months. The muscles were a bit stiff, the joints a bit creaky, and I had to hold my chest so it didn’t bounce around and cause pain! All I did was jog for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, and keep repeating the cycle for 20 minutes. But I felt inspired to look ahead, set a plan, and achieve some fitness goals.

The inspiration came from a few places. Watching the Olympics might have had something to do with it. Marvelling at pensioners surfing on the Sunshine Coast helped. This morning I renewed my driver’s license until 2017 and I don’t want to waste the money! Research is showing that exercise plays an important role in fighting cancer.

… maintaining a healthy weight, getting adequate physical activity, and eating a healthy diet can reduce the chance of recurrence and increase the likelihood of disease-free survival after a diagnosis.

Last night I read about Paul Goebel. He’s my age and in January this year he was diagnosed with the same cancer of the lung. Admittedly, he was starting from a much higher baseline of physical fitness, but I was inspired that on June 23 this year he completed a marathon running at an 8.30 pace! Wow!

But the real inspiration is more personal. I want to be able to contribute to my family, enjoy activity, share with friends, return to work, get out and about. The disease and the treatment have a big impact on my capacity to do things, but I don’t want to give up. God has numbered my days and he calls me to use them for his glory. I have no idea how many days I have, nor does my oncologist, or anyone else. But I want to make the most of whatever days I have.

3 thoughts on “Physical inspiration”

  1. good post Dave, for heaps of reasons. I especially like your “don’t want to waste money!” comment. Your humor seems to be in good shape! Well done on your walk/jog!!

  2. Go for it, and please keep us all posted. I’m a physio in an Oncology Rehab program in Melbourne, where we get people with cancer exercising for twice a week for an hour at at time. Research definately shows the benefits of exercise, and I’ve seen the benefits with my clients first hand. I’ve had people at all levels of fitness, at all stages of treatment, with all types of cancer. Almost every one of them has had significant objective improvements in what they can do, as well objective improvements in fatigue and quality of life. I look forward to seeing how it goes, as you spend your days working for His glory 🙂

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