|Research Shows Exercise Can Reduce Cancer Risk
Everyone I know either has had cancer, had a family member with cancer, or knows someone who battled cancer. This was brought even closer to home when our Quality Assurance Manager, Casey Hartman, was diagnosed with Stage IV lymphoma two months ago and Joe Garrott in our billing group was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago.
There is no getting around the fact that cancer is an insidious disease that has touched everyone’s life.
One of the things that makes owning a fitness club so great is the positive impact we can have on the lives of our members. Weight loss, more energy, and feeling better are all proven benefits of regular exercise.
And now you can add one more benefit to the list: regular exercise can help reduce the risk of some forms of cancer, and can help with recovery of some forms of cancer.
Studies show staying active and eating well reduce the risk of cancer.
Other more recent studies show that, after cancer diagnosis, mortality rates can be reduced as much as 50% if a patient exercises regularly. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is sponsoring a class just for cancer patients, as is the Y.M.C.A. Additionally, a Curves club in Philadelphia is working with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia on an exercise study related to breast cancer. And, of course, we all know about the efforts Curves International makes with its promotion of the Liv Aid breast cancer detection device, $2 million+ raised for the American Cancer Society last year, sponsorship of Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre Appeal via the Great Walk - Beijing, and much more.
As a fitness club owner, when I had a day that did not seem to go my way, I would think about how much of a difference my clubs can make for our members. Feeling great about the benefits exercise can deliver to your members is infectious, transfers to your staff, and helps put everybody in a positive mood. This translates to a positive club environment, motivated staff, and happy members. And now, thanks to the efforts of cancer researchers, we club owners have another reason to feel great about the services we provide to our members!
About the Author: Kyle Zagrodzky is President and CEO of Go Figure, Inc., the world’s largest fitness club management software company, and has owned nine fitness clubs. Information from this article was derived from:
The New York Times - Hit the GymLake County Journals - Curves to host open houseCurves raised over $2 Million for Cancer in 2007The Great Walk to Beijing - a million steps to fight against cancerNew kit out in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Go Figure’s Quality Assurance Manager, Casey Hartman still smiling as he works through his chemotherapy treatments. Casey is 31 years old.
Go Figure’s Billing Executive, Joe Garrott, getting started with his first chemotherapy treatments.
Go Figure’s Office/HR Manager,
Lynn Hummel, after surviving cancer. She exercises regularly.