David Haas has shared with me his perspective on the Benefits of Fitness When Dealing With Cancer. You can view his comments at: http://haasblaag.blogspot.com/
Exercise has long been proven to be an important health component. It builds strength, endurance and helps to regulate appetite, sleep and mood. According to the National Cancer Institute, those who are suffering from cancer, whether it is breast cancer, melanoma or even a rare disease such as mesothelioma, could benefit from maintaining or starting a fitness routine.
Research shows that exercise can be effective in improving the quality of life of cancer patients. It can reduce fatigue and help the patient feel more energetic. The physical movement can help combat the weight gain associated with some forms of cancer treatment. It can also be effective at warding off the weight loss associated with other forms of treatment by stimulating the appetite. It increases bone strength, muscle strength and endurance, which makes it easier for the body to fight the disease and tolerate the side effects of treatment more easily.
Patients who exercise during treatment are stronger and fitter. They have more energy and are better rested. They are more likely to be at a healthy weight and be following a nutritious food plan. Exercise also improves depression and anxiety. This brings mental and emotional calmness and also clarity and strength. All of these things improve the patient’s chances of survival.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and fitness routine when in remission helps keep the body strong and reduces the chances of a relapse. Physical activity often helps people feel more in touch with their bodies. This may allow for a cancer survivor to notice changes in the way they feel, which can lead to early detection and treatment in the event of a reoccurrence.
Exercise can help you stay connected to the rest of the world. Enlist family, friends and neighbors to join your exercise plan. This way you can work on improving your level of fitness and avoid isolating yourself, a common behavior of those dealing with a serious illness. Check with cancer centers or support groups in your area. Many offer group fitness classes, such as yoga, walking groups or water aerobics.
Regardless of the specifics of your diagnosis, exercise can improve your quality of life and help you deal with your illness. Exercise can also increase your life expectancy if dealing with a terminal illness. There is no need to go to extreme measures. Walking at a normal pace for as little as three to five hours a week has been shown to be beneficial.
By: David Haas
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