Creating a Myeloma Community through Movement
Posted: Aug 03, 2022
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One of our many goals with our HealthTree Moves program is to build community, raise awareness and increase movement. 

Exercise has many benefits for patients, including reduction of fatigue, a decrease in fall risk, improved mood, and overall improved quality of life. One of the most important benefits is that improving physical fitness for patients can maximize the number of treatment options available. Tracking movement in minutes has many benefits.

Based on the Department of Health and Human Services it’s recommended that most adults should follow these exercise guidelines: 

  • Aerobic activity (cardio)- At least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. Moderate and vigorous activity can be mixed up as well. 
  • Strength Training- Strength exercises with weights or resistance should be aimed to be performed two times a week. 

Focusing on accomplishing active minutes per day/week is a more manageable goal for fitness than miles. Increasing the variety of exercise types you can do allows you to fit in what you can in a manageable timeframe. Most importantly, it’s important to just move. Even if your time of movement is limited, just do what you can. 

Through our fitness events and challenges, our goal is to build community and increase movement. During the year we have a range of fitness challenges in our phone HealthTree Moves app that are designed for all fitness levels, with the goal to stay accountable and continue or increase activity.

In our HealthTree Moves phone app our challenges and goals are to focus on active minutes because with all different fitness levels and interests, it opens the door for everyone to move in a way that motivates and encourages them. We have found with these challenges that participants are motivated to hit the goals they set for themselves because they have a group of others to do it with. 

The HealthTree Moves program is growing with our 5k and 1-mile race series, so watch in your area for an upcoming event. 

Our upcoming events are: 

We would love to have your participation in one of our many fitness events. Let’s get moving together.

The author Linnley Sweeney

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Linnley Sweeney

Linnley joined the HealthTree Foundation in January 2020 as the Fitness Events Manager. Her husband is a childhood cancer survivor as well as a cancer biologist. Finding a cure, better treatments, and balance through treatments is what drives their family. Linnley is an Advanced Cancer Exercise Specialist and focuses on finding what you can do rather than can't.

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