Strength training and cancer

The “treatment” of the patient with cancer is normally in surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, immuno-modulation and hormonal suppression. While these therapies can lead to passive or substantially prolong the healing time of survival, can also result in various problems, including loss of physical performance, a reduced resistance, cognitive deficits and chronic fatigue, severe. To reduce the severity of these symptoms, usually patients with cancer are advised to rest and avoid intense physical efforts.
This condition perpetuates the lack of activity, the body was made for movement, and, consequently, the reduction of physical performance, more dependency, mental thing! In recent years several studies evaluated the effects of exercise on physical performance and the mood of patients during and after treatment of cancer. These studies have shown that physical activity can lead to a reduction of the side effects of cancer treatment, for better physical ability, reduced fatigue and better quality of life. So but …

…The “ugly swan” of therapies in dialogue with cancer is exercise, mainly with the additional loads, strength training. This is important for several reasons:

1. Reduction of inflammation. Studies have proven that exercise can be directed to correct specific deficits of patients undergoing surgery and chemotherapy or radio. The practice of exercise, especially strength training, does produce chemokines group miokine (potent mediators of inflammation, or regulators for the ability to recruit and activate specific leukocyte subpopulations), with protective effect and anticancer;

2. Combat catabolism (degradation) resulting from inflammation. Cardiotoxic agents, pulmonary fibrosis, immune system weakened and treatment with glucocorticoids accumulate in our body. The strength training promotes the increased muscle mass creating anabolism (contrary to catabolism), protective effect on the level of disease in general. The strength training, on the other hand, can improve cardio performance, muscle function and coordination, resulting in an increase of strength and exercise capacity, important for the patient’s autonomy;

3. Loss of Weight. Cancer cachexia, involuntary loss of skeletal muscle, as well as the mass of adipose tissue due to cancer, leads to weight loss, a reduction in the quality of life, in answer to a higher rate of mortality and morbidity. The extent of the weight loss is dependent on the type of tumor and occurs in 30-80% patients, being an important prognosis, and greater weight loss coincides with a higher rate of tumor mortality.  However, in order to effectively treat cancer patients is necessary to understand the molecular mechanisms leading to atrophy of skeletal muscles, but also the hypertrophy. The strength training is the most effective in dialogue with decreased muscle mass;
4. Energy Competition. During the inflammatory process,  the tumor needs our energy – glucose (primary energy source). One of the ways we fight is to make exercise. When you do exercise, especially strength training, the muscle needs glucose due to depletion of glycogen. Thus, we are directly deprive the tumor of glucose.

The other two forces:

5. Training of Inner Strength. The Eastern people call it Qi! Strengthen our internal energy, our “inner fire” is as important as the outermost muscles strengthen. Shiatsu, Reiki, Qigong, Yoga,  Qiong and others. The aim is that the entire force come from inside and we have more sensitivity to energy level;

6. Mental Force. It is very important to the attitude that we have at this difficult time and be well accompanied psychologically is priority, the most important practice of “strength”. You need to see  the cancer like something, is not a  alien, it’s in your body,  maybe an opportunity to review our life. The “fault” of “having cancer” may not be completely our but most are: lifestyle, genetics, nutrition, training, rest, pollution, connection with nature, motivation, human relations, and other life goals are not to neglect. Grab the chance!
Smile to life, be Strong!


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Maybe the reason is “the sleep”

“I’m training very well, eat well but, i don’t sleep well”!



1. Have trouble making decisions?
2. How’s your memory?
3. Easily irritated? Depression?
4. Lack of sexual desire?
5. Increased appetite?
6. Inability to manage stress?
7. Difficulties of vision?

Have most of these signs? If so, maybe the secret is to sleep well. Sleep well is different from a lot of sleep.

Solutions that may help:

Diagnosis: how are your kidneys and bladder? Maybe a lack of equilibrium in the functioning of these organs can be the reason!

Exercise. Are you done yoga, mind &body /massage therapies or dynamic flexibility training? Walk in mountain?

Food: Have been drinking enough water? Your immune system is being strengthened (Pro, prebiotics)? Have eaten enough algae and legumes?

Socialization: Your relationships are well? Balance them!

Technologies: Long linked to technologies? in the last 2-3 hours, before going to bed, switch off!

training, thyroid and metabolism

I’m doing the correct training, regarding the Kgs, rest, sleep and eat very well and yet still have no results, why?

One of the reasons may be the thyroid!



Thyroid hormones act in almost every cell in your body to increase cellular activity or metabolism. If there is too much or too little production of hormones, the metabolism of your whole body is affected.

Fatigue, drowsiness, mood swings, weight gain, forgetfulness, depression with irritation, muscle cramp and pain, weakness, decreased sweating, changes in blood pressure, high cholesterol, swelling in legs, blurred vision, cold intolerance, hoarse voice, heavy menstruation, hair and dry skin, hair loss and constipation.

What to do:

Diagnosis – identify and address possible causes of hypothyroidism, such as food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies and stress.

Optimize your nutrition – support your thyroid with a nutrition, including foods that contain iodine, zinc, good ratio of Omega fats-3/6, selenium and others. Vegetables sff!

Minimize the stress – eliminate the adrenal exhaustion managing better the stress (psychology) or mind & body classes like meditation.

Exercise – engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which increases the thyroid function. The best are the respiratory and hiking on the mountain (oxygenation) with friends, barefoot preferably. Any activity not very stressful may help, depending on the degree of hyper or hypothyroidism.

Supplements – use of supplements can help improve thyroid function, including all the necessary nutrients for proper metabolism and function of the thyroid.

Heat – use saunas and turkish bath to eliminate stored toxins that interfere with thyroid function.

So, it’s not always changing the training that makes a difference!


Articles on fire #3


1. The air almost unbreathable in the gyms

When we exercise, we inhale more air on each breath and most of the air passes through the mouth, ignoring the natural filtering system, the nostrils. Pollutants entering the lungs and complications may begin! Beware of the ventilation as influences on cognitive and physical performance. Always have the chance to go outdoors, interspersing!

2. Stop lying about time. If your time isn’t yours then neither is your life

“Exercise, health, better sleep, time to relax, meditation, eating well etc is rarely something we need to do urgently. Changing a habit or doing more of what contributes to our longevity and health is usually not urgent. It doesn’t have to be done right then. Which is why we put it off for “when we have time.” But it’s important.
That is, until we break down enough in health or energy. Then we feel the pressure to change and scramble to throw money at what will get us the quickest result. Then it becomes both urgent and important”.

3. Medical exams in FC Barcelona

Assessment is (very) important in high competition but attention and to shuffle: clients use the Personal Trainer to stay in shape and feel good and not to be (constantly) to make evaluations. Always have the attention to evaluate and register lately. It may be boring…

4. Sorry, Your Gut Bacteria Are Not the Answer to All Your Health Problems

“The hype has kicked off a gold rush. Big food companies—including Nestle, PepsiCo, Monsanto, and General Mills—have funded gut bacteria studies, and some have even opened centers to develop foods that interact with the microbiome, such as probiotics. According to Transparency Market Research the global probiotics market is expected to reach an astonishing $45 billion by 2018″.

“Still, despite the optimism, some researchers caution that much of what we hear about microbiome science isn’t always, well, science. Dr. Lita Proctor heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Microbiome Project (HMP), an outgrowth of the Human Genome Project. “We are discovering a whole new ecosystem,” she says. But “I do have some fear—we all do in the field—that the hype and the potential overpromise, and the idea that somehow this is going to be different—there is a terrific fear that it will all backfire.”

5. Recipe: Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)

6. Ten things to Stop Doing if You Want to Exercise

No excuses, no excesses, without finding that is easy, without thinking that there is a right time, without fear of failure, without seeking perfection.

Fail, do, together, now, be happy!

7.Facebook Fraud

Why this? To say that it is not the quantity that matters but the quality! But it is interesting!

“Serve To Win”, a Lesson by Djokovic


I’m reading the book of Novak Djokovic “Serve To Win”

Those who follow tennis should not be forgotten that bad moment of Djokovic against Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the Open in Australia of 2010 in which simply “went down”.
Djokovic after this think a lot in all the causes of such episode: workouts, rest, coaches, personal life, it turns out, were not the training, the intensity, the volume, the rest the concentration, it was the FOOD!

The book shows, all right, what are the details that make the difference! Excellent to show that a diet may not be used for other person. For him a diet with little gluten worked but for you may not work! Diagnosis please!

Djokovic is a total athlete: trains the physical, mind and soul! Required reading!