The following is a guest post by Melanie Bowen, a fellow blogger who writes about exercise and the benefits it can have regarding serious illness. You can read about her here.
Get Fit for Fighting
by Melanie Bowen
Everyone who exercises regularly reaps the benefits. If you have ever heard the words, “You have cancer” your physical fitness is of the utmost importance. While exercise isn’t exactly a cure for cancer, your quality of life during and after treatment will be positively affected by remaining active. Here’s a list of just some of the benefits of exercise for cancer patients:
- Lower risk of osteoporosis
- Less nausea
- More energy and less fatigue
- Better circulation and blood flow
- Maintained or improved range of motion
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Increased social interaction
- Elevated mood
Of course, many things will affect your ability to exercise, and you should always check with your doctor before beginning an exercise regime. You, your medical staff, and your trainer or physical therapist, need to consider the type of cancer you have, what treatments you are undergoing and your overall fitness level. Your doctor will be happy to refer you to a fitness program that is right for you so that you can maintain an optimum level of physical activity throughout treatment.
Following treatment, you need to continue to remain active. Recent research indicates that survivors of certain cancers have a significantly reduced risk of recurrence if they incorporate regular exercise into their lives. Other studies even indicate a lower incidence of cancer-related death in those that exercise. While much research remains to be done, whether you are a survivor of mesothelioma, have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer or have ever battled any type of cancer, all indications point to exercise as a good idea.
Your doctor and oncology staff sincerely want the best for you. Some things, however, are your responsibility. When it comes to exercise, you as a cancer patient or survivor are in control. If you don’t know how to get started with an exercise routine, simply ask. Once your healthcare professional has pointed you in the right direction, take control of your life and get physically fit for winning this fight.
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