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Beating Cancer Is On The Rise – HOORAY!

By June 11, 2015 Blog, In The News

The impact that cancer has on our society is huge, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  New statistics show the the number of people living beyond a cancer diagnosis reached 14.5 million in 2014 and is expected to rise to 19 million over the next decade.  Cancer deaths among women decreased 1.4%  per year from 2002-2011 according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer published in March 2015.  While the number of cancer survivors has increased there is still much work to be done in the war against cancer.

Video credit: CBS This Morning

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Should You Have That Second Cup of Java?

By February 18, 2015 Blog, Eat Well - Be Well, Prevention Tips

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that multiple cups of coffee affects women’s estrogen levels, which could put them at a higher risk of hormone-related diseases like breast cancer.  While the study is inconclusive, it is food for thought for women who consume moderate levels of caffeine daily.  Read more in this article from Prevention:

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A Sister’s Love

By January 23, 2015 Blog, Inspiration

Jennifer LaFace from Pittsburgh, PA shows her moves as she dances to Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie”.  She’s dancing to inspire her sister who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer to “keep kicking cancer’s ass”.   What a great way to show support and encourage her sister to keep fighting!

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Get It Right, Get It Tight

By January 23, 2015 Blog, Sceanie Speaks
Studio-U: 760 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, CA; 310-452-1717

New year, new goals right?  That was my thought when I decided to up the ante on my work out routine.  Okay full disclosure – I picked up some “fun” pounds in the 2nd half of 2014.   At a recent visit to my oncologist’s office, the nurse confirmed how much fun I actually had last year when she asked me to jump on the scale – YIKES!  When I saw the number go past my regular weight, I was quickly reminded of how important it is for me to stay within a healthy BMI to keep the cancer at bay, which meant getting back to a regular exercise regimen.

A friend and fellow cancer survivor suggested I join her at a TRX/Boxing class.  I am always up for a workout challenge, so of course I accepted her invitation having NO CLUE what I was getting myself into.  So, to prepare for the workout I did a little research and found a few articles and videos about TRX.   The videos were somewhat intimidating and had me thinking “uh-oh, this is going be interesting!” At that moment I wondered what the heck I’d gotten myself into.

Class day arrives and I get there a little early to chit chat with my girlfriend, meet Bevin the instructor, blah blah blah.  I entered the workout room to see long hanging straps mounted from the ceiling… let the games begin!  The instructor demonstrated the first exercise with such ease I was eager to show off my workout skills.  I jumped right in thinking “I got this”!  After some much needed help untwisting my ankles in the straps I was on my way.  Push-ups, leg lifts, bicep curls, all using my body weight as resistance.  Then came the boxing circuit.  Jabs, uppercuts, and hooks.  I was a punching bag fiend all while cursing every single one of my “fun” pounds silently in my head.  This class was not as easy as I thought it would be and I definitely didn’t do each exercise as effortlessly as some of my other classmates, but I felt a great sense of accomplishment at the end of class.  Heavy breathing and high fives were flowing like champagne on New Year’s Eve.  After the “celebration” I went home and took a nap!

I slept like a baby that night, but woke up the next day feeling quite sluggish.  My body was completely exhausted.  Where was the pep in my step?  I felt like I’d been hit by a Mack truck and there was soreness in muscles I didn’t even know existed!  “You really did show off, huh?” I said out loud as I laughed then moaned from the soreness in my abs.  After two days of walking around stiff as a board, I decided to sign up for another dose of punishment.

Call me insane but there’s nothing like a workout that kicks your butt so much that you look forward to doing it again.  Now, here’s hoping I stay consistent! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, make sure to check out Studio-U, 760 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey 90292; 310-452-1717.

I’d love to hear how you’re staying healthy. Feel free to leave your comments below and KEEP KICKING CANCER’S BUTT!!

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