Numerous health benefits make fitness for cancer survivors an important priority. Proper diet and exercise are the hallmarks of good health for everyone including people who have went through a common disease such as breast cancer to people who are going through aggressive diseases like mesothelioma. In fact, studies suggest that eating right and exercising regularly can substantially improve the cancer survivor’s chances of not having a recurrence.
Doctors have conducted various studies that found cancer survivors who maintain a healthy weight after completing cancer treatment tend to live longer lives and have fewer instances of recurrence. In addition they develop lean body mass and possess greater muscle strength. Exercise has also been shown to release endorphins into the body. These proven mood enhancers can make anyone who exercises feel healthy and empowered. In addition, people who exercise tend to enjoy increased self-confidence. People who look and feel better as a result of exercise present a more positive aspect to the world and feel that they are ready to meet life’s challenges head on.
Regular exercise can also help prevent other health problems. People who are fit are less at risk for cardiovascular disease. Diabetes, a growing problem for large amounts of the population, can also be prevented or controlled through regular exercise and healthy eating habits.
In general people battling cancer can continue or even begin a fitness program during their diagnosis and treatment. It’s always best to consult physicians before beginning such a program to be certain undue risk will not be involved. It is common for depression and stress to take over the cancer patient’s emotional outlook during this time and exercise can help reverse this tendency. In fact, fitness can even help aid in the patient’s recovery process.
Most doctors recommend that survivors begin with the habit of stretching to maintain and increase mobility. Even those who are not ready for more vigorous exercise can improve their outlook as their flexibility improves. Next, try adding cardiovascular exercise like swimming, biking or running. This is the type of activity that burns excess calories and helps shed unwanted pounds. It also improves heart health and lowers the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. Weight training is also important. This builds lean body mass and also helps get rid of excess weight.
The benefits of exercise make it valuable to cancer survivors. Take advantage of all that each day offers by stretching, increasing cardiovascular capabilities and training with weights.
This articles was provided by guest writer David Haas.