She used to take care of her body. She was actually quite thin when she was young. But then came the kids and the job changes and the smoking habit she couldn’t kick, and before she knew it, she was a woman in her 50’s facing the diagnosis of Stage 3 cervical cancer.
But instead of giving up, she decided to get stronger.
“At that point, she could have just ended up a broken person,” recalls Michael Sena of a client of his Pro-Fit training facility in Dyer. “And while it was tough on all of us to hear the news, the diagnosis forced her to look at exercise and well-being in a whole new way. She made her body stronger to combat the disease, and she is now in remission. More importantly, though, her vibrancy for live is back to being alive and well. She is smiling from ear to ear these days.”
Indeed, the importance of battling cancer both physically and mentally has long been documented. “It really becomes a three legged stool,” says Sena, who has worked within the health and fitness field for over thirty years. “It’s a balancing act between eating healthy to exercising properly to living positively.”
Whether living at your best to help avoid a future cancer diagnosis or facing an unfortunate diagnosis at this very moment, it’s of vital importance to use exercise to help strengthen your cells and balance the hormones which are released in the body. Believe it or not, studies show that less than 8% of adults living in the United States maintain an active lifestyle.
“Everyone has dormant cancer cells that can come alive when the rest of our body is weakened,” explains Sena, who opened his Dyer facility in October of 2011. “Many believe that much of the illnesses we face, including cancer, could be combated if we all took better care of our bodies.”
A cancer diagnosis can also leave one feeling ‘down and out’, which can also be combated by the use of exercise in one’s daily life. “Statistically, it has been proven that depression can dissipate through exercise and the subsequent release of hormones within the body,” says Sena, who has been voted in as one of the “Top 100 Trainers in America” by Men’s Journal magazine. “I have had many clients over the years who had been taking anti-depressants for anxiety and depression who ended up either reducing their medication or coming off of them all together while staying consistent with healthy eating and regular exercise.”