Happy 4th of July everyone!! I would like like to get some feedback on exercise from you guys.
I know there are a lot of folks in here who are into exercise, as I am, and I have a question. I am a believer that exercise helps the TKIs work better, maybe by increasing blood flow and getting the bad cells out where they are more available to be destroyed, etc;. There have also been a few posts regarding the effect of exercise by some of you recently, which I agree with. However I have never seen any actual data that proves this is the case, and both my regular hemo as well as my leukemia specialist both seem to think the idea is bogus. Typical doctors, geezus...
My question is - is it better to do long slower, less intense exercise, such as walking for an hour a day or shorter but more intense "interval" type exercise, such as hitting a heavy bag (ie doing 3 x 2 minute rounds with 2 minute rest periods), also on a daily basis. I dont have much to go on here but I just got back my latest PCR result done on 6/24/13 and it is 0.044% IS. This is a reduction of ~62% compared to the previous value of 0.118% IS. During this time period I was mostly hitting the bag, with a much smaller amount of walking. My previous result of 0.118% IS was a reduction of ~ 98% compared to the previous value of 8.3% IS done on 11/6/12. During this time I was doing a lot more walking (I think - I never kept any record or exercise log) and less bag work.
I know I do not have much to go on here as far as actual proof of anything and guess that none of us really knows the answer to this.
The only other thing I can think of is that these reduction figures are really just natural noise and represent basically the same reduction rate number since there are so many variables (stomach acid level, what you eat, type/amt/frequency of exercise, uncertainty associated with the PCR test, time interval between tests, etc).
thx for any thoughts on this, Mike