Fighting Disease and Illness with Fitness

Fighting Disease and Illness with Fitness

We have all heard that daily exercise and eating a healthful diet can help you fight many diseases and illnesses to include diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and even cancer. I had the honor to meet a woman in Tucson, AZ, who donates her time to help people fight cancer through exercise. The "Sarge," Anita Kellman runs the Beat Cancer Boot Camp and has used many of my workouts for ideas to train more than 700 people over the past five years.

I was honored that a product of mine was instrumental in helping people get healthy and fight cancer while on chemotherapy, getting radiation treatments, or in remission. As you know, I write books to help people pass fitness tests for military, law enforcement, and fire fighting professions. To think that the Beat Cancer Boot Camp and Anita Kellman were able to give more meaning to my workouts than I ever thought possible is completely humbling. It is a great idea and if you are trainer or want to help fight cancer, you should consider putting on a Beat Cancer Boot Camp event in your city. See the official website and learn how to help in the cause.

Beat Cancer Boot Camp 5k Obstacle Course

I witnessed more than 300 inspiring participants (cancer patients, survivors, and family and friends) in the first ever Beat Cancer Boot Camp 5k run and obstacle course in Tucson, AZ. I was honored as a special guest and prepared the large group with a quick warm-up / stretch prior to the event. Here is what we did prior to the race:

Repeat 3 times Jumping jacks - 10 Toe Touch, Down Dog, into pushup position Pushups - 10 (wide, regular, close pushups) Squats - 20 (squats, 1/2 squats, side stepping squats) Stretch arms / legs

8 Count Body-builder Pushups - 10 Lunges and torso stretches - 10 each leg Toe touch / Down Dog / Pushups - 10 Reverse pushups - 20 Birds - 20 Arm haulers - 20 Swimmers - 30 seconds Plank pose 30 seconds Arm circles -10 Press-Press-Fling -10 Hi Jack / Hi Jills -10 Leg / Arm stretches

After this little warm up, the 300 racers ran the 5k complete with pull-ups, wall climbs, low crawls through a mud pit, fire hose drags, tire runs, and other strength and agility obstacles.

The Marines and Army recruiters were there and many of the ROTC students from the University of AZ, fire fighters, police men and women all volunteered and raced in the event as well. There were even some Olympic athletes signing autographs and motivating the racers over the obstacles. Overall, it was one of the most inspiring events I ever participated in.

Check out the site at and listen for an event near you soon in the future.

Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL and fitness author certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. If you are interested in starting a workout program to create a healthy lifestyle - check out the Fitness eBook store and the Stew Smith article archive at To contact Stew with your comments and questions, e-mail him at

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