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Building Muscles for Myeloma
Posted: Apr 29, 2021
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This upcoming week on Wednesday, May 5th we will be having our monthly Muscles for Myeloma Chapter event. I have the honor of sharing this night with you and showing some of my favorite strength training exercises and modifications that can be done. Understanding the need for muscle strength while dealing with injuries and weaknesses from Myeloma there are still ways to engage major muscle groups to help improve muscle strength. 

Focusing on major muscle groups can help in everyday life, as well as some light stretches to maintain or gain more flexibility. As we go through life the way we do things changes and often we move less and lose that flexibility and mobility we once had. We will do a class together going through the exercises and form. 

Squats are helpful for getting up from your chair, out of the car and on/off the toilet, walking up and down stairs helps build your quads for those same movements and aids in daily tasks. Hip-hinge or otherwise known as a deadlift strengthens the hamstring and glutes, keeping balance from our opposing muscles. Calf raises and balancing on one foot helps in our ankle mobility, overall balance, and foot strength. Neuropathy is often something that’s experienced later in life, having strong balance in foot/ankle can help maintain strength and avoid falls. 

Upper body exercises often go left undone but keeping a strong back and upper body will help in so many areas of life- hand strength for opening jars and cooking, lifting kids and grandkids, carrying groceries, gardening, and just overall being able to lift things. Chest press, chest flys, bicep curls, tricep extensions, shoulder presses, and core strength can all help keep your upper body stronger for accomplishing more. 

Building muscle through your full body and allowing more freedoms in your independence. After personally having nerve damage in my right arm for two years and seeing the loss of activities, independence, and lack of normal activities being given the go-ahead from my doctor to strength train again have brought a new appreciation for each thing I find myself able to do. 

We don’t realize how much we can do until we can’t. Finding ways to gain back what strengths once were there brings new energy and joy. That’s what I’m here to help you achieve! Join me on Wednesday night, log in ready to do it with me, and ask questions along the way. I will be happy to show you modifications and new exercises.


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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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