Starting May 1st our clinic will be partaking in Workout to Conquer Cancer, a month-long fundraising campaign that is organized by the BC Cancer Foundation. The campaign encourages people to register and raise money for cancer research by being physically active every day in May. For the next 31 days, all of us here at Vital Life will be walking, cycling, and working out to raise funds for this cause.
A little bit of info on the BC Cancer Foundation:
All the proceeds they raise go to Cancer research and innovation right here in BC. Fundraised money goes to new equipment for community health centers and research facilities (such as CT/ PET scanners and mass spectrometers), grants and funding for clinical trials, research and development of new treatments, and supporting various community cancer clinics. This helps improve understanding and accelerate research in all forms of cancer treatment. The goal of the Foundation is to improve treatment for patients, develop more individualized treatment and save lives, and prevent cancer in the next generations.
1 in 2 British Columbians will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, that is why we as a clinic decided to embark on this journey of fitness and fundraising. Being physically active is something we are very passionate about at Vital Life, so this is a way for us to give back and promote what we love.
So what are we counting as exercise? Typically physical activity is any movement that occurs naturally in your daily life – like walking in the grocery store, taking the laundry upstairs, chopping veggies at the kitchen counter; whereas exercise is a planned, structured, and repetitive activity with the distinct goal of moving your body (1). So this will be our daily task, engaging in any planned or deliberate activity for 30 minutes. There will be no specific type of exercise, number of calories, or level of intensity. Some days may be high intensity interval training (HIIT) and others may be a restorative yoga practice. Maybe all of them will be walking!
There is good precedent for maintaining a daily exercise routine – even at lower intensities. It has been found that walking 30 minutes a day decreases a persons risk of developing type 2 diabetes by half, accumulating 10,000 steps daily has been shown to decrease symptoms of depression, and daily movement sessions decrease the risk of older adults developing Alzheimer’s disease (2,3,4). In terms of yoga: research has found that a greater frequency of practice is related to improved sleep and decreased fatigue, as well as increased overall wellbeing (5).
We will be keeping track of our exercise progress in the clinic, so be sure to check in with us and keep us accountable! If you wish to donate you can do so at our team page, or you can cheer us on with your social media accounts. Tag us on Instagram and Facebook if you want to share your own daily workout with us!
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