Haywood Fitness: Benefits of Exercise With Cancer

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Benefits of Exercise With Cancer

I am pleased to have Melanie Bowen as a guest blogger for this post.
melanie bowen
 Melanie Bowen joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in 2011 as an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. Melanie also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread awareness. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.

*Thanks Melanie for your Guest appearance and all you do to spread the word.


Benefits of Exercise With Cancer

by: Melanie Bowen

A fitness program is necessary for every cancer patient. Do you have one?
If not, make plans to talk with your doctor about developing your exercise
regimen. Patients can expect improved energy levels, decreased recovery times,
and more strength in their bodies overall. Here are some other benefits you can
expect from physical fitness and cancer.

1. Increase Energy Balance
With exercise, you will increase your health and energy balance. Physical activity,
weight, and diet all play a role in how energetic you will be. People who have
cancer feel better about having autonomy and control over their lives. Many people
feel defeated when they get cancer because they have to depend upon others to
complete every day tasks. When you exercise, your mood improves, your energy
levels improve, and you will recover faster. If you want an improved energy balance,
you should exercise as often as possible. Even one hour of walking per week will
improve energy balance.

2. Engage in Moderate-Intensity Exercise
Experts recommend engaging in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on five
or more days per week. If you engage in vigorous-intensity physical activity, you can
exercise for 20 minutes for three or more days per week. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends jogging, walking, aerobics, yoga, and
Pilates as options for physical activity.

3. Weight Control
Exercise helps people to control their weight. People often gain weight with cancer
medication. Weight gain can contribute to development of diabetes and high blood
pressure. Cancer has enough complications without adding complications from
high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions. Exercise will reduce the risk of
premature death.

4. Improve Psychological Well-Being
Exercise improves psychological well-being by releasing endorphins into the system.
When endorphins are released, people feel happier. Happy people heal faster. A
compromised immune system can often lead to complications, so it is important to
have a good outlook in order to heal faster. You will also make it more pleasant for
people helping you when you are pleasant to be around.

Physical Fitness Can Improve Cancer Patients Prognosis
Physical fitness can improve any patient’s prognosis, but keep in mind that you
will be weak during this time. Just make sure you exercise as much as you can to
create new red blood cells. This will alleviate the symptoms from anemia and cancer
treatments from breast cancer all the way to mesothelioma. Soon, you will be back
to your old self and able to interact in the world as you normally would!



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