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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Guest post from David Haas

Hello friends, I have posted an article by David Haas on the benefits of exercise when you have cancer.  I can fully appreciate the importance.  Before cancer I was walking two miles a day.  Chemo steals your soul, but only for a little while.  As the chemo fades, the ability to do more increases over time.  Thank you David for your well written article. 
Peace and blessings, Denise

Cancer Patients Can Benefit From Exercise

It is a great accomplishment to survive cancer and the main priority for most cancer survivors is to keep the cancer from returning. Current research points to the fact that exercise can benefit cancer patients.

If you have traveled down the long road of cancer treatments for any type of cancer including but not limited to
colon cancer, breast cancer, or even a rare and aggressive disease like mesothelioma, or any other type of cancer, you are probably searching for ways that can help you stay healthy. Exercise for cancer patients has been shown by research to help cancer patients create a longer life expectancy when there is a grim prognosis, and even helps the body fight the chance of recurrence if they have already pushed the disease away. In several different studies, it has been proven that being unfit and lethargic after completing treatment was linked to a higher risk of the cancer returning and a shorter survival time.

The benefits of exercise are highly stressed for the normal population, but it is not as well known that cancer survivors can experience many of the same benefits. The benefits towards one’s body include less weight gain, leaner body mass, and greater muscle strength, but the real benefits have to do with the regained energy one receives and lower stress levels they have. Whether one is going through treatment or recently completed it Physical fitness can help gain these energy levels back that are usually sucked out of the body from the treatments.

The research has shown that people who have been diagnosed with cancer tend to slow down. This is attributed to depression, stress, and feeling fatigued from cancer and the treatments. It is extremely understandable to be having these feelings but it is counterproductive to not take a stand against them. It is recommended that cancer patients start exercising as soon as possible after their diagnosis and treatment. In other words, if you have slowed your physical activity after your cancer diagnosis, now is the time to rev your engine.

According to the
National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society recommends 30 to 60 minutes of exercise five times a week to receive the maximum benefits for reducing your risk of reoccurrence and raising your chances to beat this disease.  The types of exercise recommended are flexibility exercises to keep you mobile, aerobic exercises for cardiovascular health, and resistance training to build muscle.  Everyone is at different levels of exercise and if you are at a low level to start just taking a walk can go a long way to relieve some of the stress involved with this awful disease.

By: David Haas

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Denise! I truly believe it is true and my surgeon said that recovery from cancer surgery was significantly better when his patients are in good shape. I've lost 70 pounds with diet/exercise..10 more to go, so take that, dumb cancer!!

    - Joe


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