Fitness against cancer? Yes!

Today I’d like to feature a guest post written by Melanie Brown about how leading a fitt life can help while struggling with cancer. I really think this article can be helpful, so please read it carefully and share it if you have someone dear to you with this problem. We can be the change in the world and we should take every opportunity to help those in need!

Staying Fit for Your Fight Against Cancer
Melanie Brown

Exercise helps keep our bodies functioning at an optimum level. Most people
have a good grasp on the importance of exercise in everyday life and much
of the media has given attention to these health benefits. When critical health
issues become your personal struggle, however, you may not know what type
of exercise is appropriate. In years gone by, cancer patients frequently heard
that they should rest and avoid exertion. Current research, however, nullifies this
myth.

It has been well established in several studies that cancer patients who continue
to exercise regularly throughout treatment experience significantly higher quality
of life than those who do not. Additionally, cancer patients who exercise reap a
number of concrete advantages. These include

  • Maintained or improved muscle and bone strength, which minimizes riskof osteoporosis
  • Better blood flow and circulation
  • Less nausea
  • Decreased fall risk
  • Better social connectivity
  • Improved mood and lower anxiety
  • Better weight management
  • Fewer symptoms of fatigue

While these benefits are certainly worth the effort of incorporating exercise into
a daily routine, few cancer patients feel comfortable addressing the topic with
their physicians. Remember, exercise is an important part of your recovery, and
discussing it is as crucial as discussing nutrition and hospital care. Your doctor
can guide you toward resources dedicated to helping cancer patients with fitness.
Here you will learn what affect your type of cancer may have on your ability to
exercise and what accommodations you can make to remain active throughout
treatment. For example, if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may need
to minimize aerobic exercise due to lung damage, but you can do strengthening
and mobility exercises that will help with your overall fitness level.

Once you are cancer free, the importance of a good exercise regime remains.
Several studies have been done and are currently in process concerning the
effect of exercise on survivors. There is a clear correlation between regular
exercise and a lower recurrence rate of several types of cancer. Additionally,
some research suggests that regular exercise can increase the longevity of
cancer survivors.

During your battle with cancer, many people surround and support you. Only
you, however, can take responsibility for your personal fitness. Start by getting
information from your doctor, and then take strides toward getting fit for this fight.

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