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Cancer and Exercise-A Proven Remedy For Cancer Patients

March 28, 2012
Cancer and exercise. Exercise is a proven remedy  for cancer patients.

Cancer and exercise. Exercise is a proven remedy for cancer patients.

Good Healthy Morning to all of you!  As you all know by now  I am extremely enthusiastic about exercise and health but only till recently I have been really interested in exercise and Cancer. I was extremely honored when a leading Hospital in New Jersey asked me  to develop Super Body, Super Brain Program for Breast Cancer at Englewood Hospital . In my quest to research more about fitness and cancer  I have decided to invite a top leader in the field, David Haas who is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He has explained in a brilliant way how Exercise is  A Proven Remedy For Cancer Patients, David Haas is writing the rest of this blog and you can contact him at dhaas@mesotheliomacanceralliance.org

Exercise- A Proven Remedy For Cancer Patients by David Haas

Traditional medical experts and holistic practitioners often agree that nutritional supplements add very little to an already well-balanced diet. Exercise, however, is a proven remedy that trumps supplementation for cancer and other chronic illnesses.

A 2007 report from “Harvard Men’s Health Watch” suggests that exercise achieves the benefits claimed for vitamin supplements — even for people who eat a balanced diet.  Many people take vitamins to protect against cancer. Unfortunately, while some vitamins reduce the risk for certain types of cancer, others actually boost the cancer risks for some people.

Exercise, on the other hand, is an important weapon for fighting cancer. It reduces the risks of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. It also reduces the risk of cancer recurrence for cancer survivors, and it increases life expectancy for many patients.

Health Benefits of Exercise

Exercise is good for physical and emotional health. Some people consider it a “miracle drug.” Although it cannot cure cancer, exercise can prevent some cancers and help patients cope with others.

Regular exercise has other health benefits, too. It improves mood, reduces anxiety, builds self-confidence and promotes an overall positive outlook — things that many cancer patients often lose after diagnosis.

Exercise combats the negative side effects of cancer treatment, such as tiredness, nausea, headaches, sleep problems and loss of appetite. It is excellent for general health, as well, boosting the body’s ability to fight off infections and lowering the risk for diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other conditions.

National Exercise Guidelines

Numerous studies conducted over half a century reveal that exercise helps people feel better and live longer. This applies to cancer patients as well as the general population.

National guidelines, such as those presented by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), guide cancer patients through the process of starting an exercise program. The ideal regimen will suit a patient’s cancer type, cancer stage, physical abilities and lifestyle.

Not all patients are able to exercise. Physical activity may greatly tax a mesothelioma patient or someone with advanced cancer. Certain activities are inadvisable following mastectomy and other surgeries.

For those who can exercise, national guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity on five days a week. Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and tennis are popular aerobic activities that get the heart pumping and blood flowing.

Strength training and flexibility exercises are important, too. Most cancer patients can incorporate light weight-lifting into their exercise regimens. Yoga and tai chi are excellent choices for flexibility and breathing exercise.

A Time for Rest

Traditionally, cancer patients were advised to avoid strenuous physical activity and get plenty of rest. This still holds true for patients with mesothelioma, hematologic cancers and end-stage illnesses. It may also apply to patients immediately before cancer treatment.

However, exercise offers a world of benefits during and after cancer treatment. That said, patients should be realistic about their exercise programs. Some days, it takes all the energy they can muster just to get out of bed. Patients have sick days and days of extreme fatigue.

David Haas Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

David Haas who is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. dhaas@mesotheliomacanceralliance.org

Written by David Haas who is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  dhaas@mesotheliomacanceralliance.org 

Thanks for reading and just wanted to share one of the latest studies of exercise and cancer

Exercise and Cancer. Michael Gonzalez-Wallace Author of Super Body, Super Brain shares the latest research about Cancer and Exercise

Exercise and Cancer. Michael Gonzalez-Wallace Author of Super Body, Super Brain shares the latest research about Cancer and Exercise

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 13, 2013 10:53 am

    thnx 🙂

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