How golf might be the next best medicine in fighting cancer

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How golf might be the next best medicine in fighting cancer

Exercise, including golf, is helpful during and after cancer treatment.

Lee Embley’s only thought to beat cancer was to keep moving. Simple, positively stubborn perhaps, but like he says “self-responsible.” The trouble is a Stage IV diagnosis for lung cancer and its attendant aggressive chemotherapy can sometimes make even thinking about movement of any kind exhausting.

But Embley, who was diagnosed in July 2015, wasn’t having any of it. And what grew from his desire to save himself is the basis for a national program he’s designed to use golf as a form of recovery. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Embley’s Golf Beats Cancer is kicking off with a two-day 5K and golf event at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa June 10-11.

As Embley describes it, the idea of Golf Beats Cancer is to bring cancer rehab to golf and at the same time bring golf to cancer rehab.

“What I found is that on the patient support side, I could take a yoga class, art appreciation, music therapy, but they were all kind of fragmented and incoherent and a bit episodic,” he told me last week. “I said what I need to do is ‘How do I get 10,000 steps a day?’ I knew that if I could get out and get on a golf course and I could actually have some likelihood that I could trigger the sequence of hydration and nutrition. That was the plan: Just get out there and go.”

Embley started by breaking down his golf course hole by hole and simply trying to walk the 1,125 steps of the first hole. “I knew if I could elevate my heart rate it might be triggering some positive benefits from the endorphins,” he said.

Read on: How golf might be the next best medicine in fighting cancer – Golf Digest

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