Muscles for Myeloma: Why Workout? Your Fitness Levels Matter to your Myeloma Outcomes

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Muscles for Myeloma Starts on Monday, March 1. Register Today!

Consult with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine

Most patients before, during or after multiple myeloma treatment are exhausted. We’ve all been there. Anemia caused by the myeloma can cause severe fatigue. Long-term drug combinations or stem cell transplant can really take it out of you. So why consider upping your fitness when you may want to lay back and take it easy?

Because your fitness level MATTERS for your outcomes. Doctors are segmenting myeloma patients into categories (Fit, Unfit, Frail) based on their fitness levels and are basing treatments on these levels and not on age. Being able to receive or continue treatment because you are fit enough to manage it can mean longer overall survival. For a caregiver, health matters, too. Patients depend on you and the healthier you are, both mentally and physically, the better you can help them, while also taking care of yourself.

According to the NCCN guidelines, fitness also reduces fatigue for cancer patients, not to mention the endorphins that will give you a lift every time you get moving.

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We Start in Just 7 Days

Next Monday, we begin the new Muscles for Myeloma program. This is the first of an annual fitness challenge to encourage you, your friends and family to get moving. It doesn’t matter WHAT you choose to do. A walk around the block or lifting with 1 pound weights may be all you can manage, but what IS critical is that you take a step in the right direction to get moving.

1. Create a Fitness Goal for March – April

Decide how you’ll exercise between March and April. Next Monday, March 1, plan on starting your program.  You can walk, run, bike, swim, dance, play, lift or do anything that gets you moving. Create a plan that is reasonable and doable and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. And always consult with your doctor before beginning a program.

2. Create a Muscles for Myeloma Page

Be ready to participate on March 1, by setting up your personal page now— simply click here, then look to your right and select either Participate as an individual or Join a team or Create a team. It’s free, super easy and fun. Seriously, just thinking of ways you can get moving and setting personal goals can be exciting! Upload your photo, take a video and even consider including your own “before” and “after” photos.Then on March 1, you’ll be ready to put your plan into place and start building your Muscles for Myeloma while also supporting two amazing myeloma clinical trials.

3. Join a Local Race

We’re also joining locals walks and runs in the months of March and April around the country. Want to be a team captain? It’s easy! Here’s how you can find an event in your area to join and invite other myeloma friends to join you. We’re building new events daily, so keep a watch in the right sidebar on the Myeloma Crowd site to find one near you.

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4. Invite Friends and Family to Sponsor You

Now that you have your page in order, you can invite your friends and family to sponsor your goal. They can make a one-time donation or sponsor how many minutes you exercise. Anything goes!

What Are Other Myeloma Patients Doing?

To get your creative juices flowing on setting up your page, here are some examples of what your myeloma friends and their family are doing:

So regardless of where you are on the fitness spectrum, Muscles for Myeloma is a great incentive to get moving, get stronger, and get better. So do what you can, set realistic goals, and get moving– one step at a time, one day at a time.

Where Does the Money Go?

All proceeds raised from Muscles for Myeloma will benefit the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative, which is funding two promising clinical trials. These trials are happening NOW and they are trackable. This means your support won’t go into the “big black hole” of research. We survivors and supporters “get” the need for urgency– we cannot wait, we want progress, and we want to see it FAST.

 REGISTER TODAY

 

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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.

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