Guest post on Exercise and Cancer patients

 

As we swelter here in the north east, I’m taking a break from blogging.  In my absence, I have a guest post from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Cancer Patients Helped Through Physical Fitness

Engaging in regular physical exercise helps lower your risk of premature death from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It also increases the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and lowers levels of triglycerides. This helps ensure that your blood flows smoothly and lowers plaque buildup in the blood vessels.

Exercise also helps in improving your mood and in reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. It helps stimulate certain brain chemicals that help with happiness and relaxation. You will feel better, look better, and boost your self-esteem and confidence.

Another benefit of improved physical fitness is how its affect on your energy levels. Exercise helps in delivering more nutrients and oxygen to your bodily tissues. It can also help your cardiovascular system circulate blood through your blood vessels and heart more efficiently.

Exercise also helps in managing your weight. When you exercise, you burn calories. Combined with a sensible, nutritious diet, your weight can be controlled. Being overweight is firmly linked with the development of many different diseases including diabetes and heart disease. This can put an extra strain on an already stressed cancer patient. Exercise will support your overall health and condition, even for those with mesothelioma cancer.

Exercise promotes deeper, more restful sleep. Sleep is extremely important if you are currently being treated for cancer. Regular exercise will help you fall asleep faster and enter the deeper stages of sleep where healing takes place. Transitions through different sleep cycles are helped through regular exercise. In turn, you are better able to concentrate, feel more well-rested, and your mood and productivity increase.

Exercise has been found to be beneficial to prostate cancer patients. A study by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that those engaging in physical activity just 30 minutes weekly had a 35 percent lower risk of death from any cause. Those walking 4 hours or more weekly experienced a 23 percent lower risk of death from any cause, compared to those walking under 20 minutes. And those walking 90 minutes or more had risks of death lowered by 51 percent.

Before beginning an exercise routine, consult with your doctor. Additionally, do not continue exercising if you experience persistent muscle or joint pain. Take a few days rest to allow your body to recover before continuing.

The type of exercise you choose can be important, but not as important as getting started with a regular routine. Some very good types of exercise include jogging, swimming, or playing sports like tennis or basketball. You can do strength training, aerobics, or even a combination of both. Just a few minutes of daily exercise will be beneficial to your health.

 

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