Move to Live!

We all know that exercise should be a part of our daily lives, but this is even more true if you are battling cancer. Whether you are new to this disease, well entrenched in the battle, or in remission, exercise can benefit you. While an active life is not proven to cure cancer, it is a wonderful companion to you along the way. Regular exercise improves your energy level, lowers stress, and strengthens your body.

What kind of exercise is best?

A plan for increasing physical activity does not have to be burdensome; you certainly have no room in your life right now for a complicated training program. For instance, simply walking 30 minutes a day at a brisk pace, five days a week, has been found to have profound benefits to health. The best guideline to an exercise program is to pick what works best for you: something social done in a group of people, or something solitary done alone. Furthermore, it is important to speak with a doctor about what exercises are right for you and your condition. A patient battling mesothelioma will require a different routine than someone battling breast cancer.

Exercise improves energy levels

Undergoing treatment for cancer is stressful on your body. Ongoing medical appointments and procedures take a toll on your body at the very time you need it to rally. Even light exercise actually helps increase energy levels in the body throughout the day, which can be especially beneficial for cancer patients often battling fatigue from treatment. Just 30 minutes of that brisk exercise per day can give you greater energy at just the time you need it.

Exercise reduces stress

Physical activity is well proven to reduce stress levels. It reduces stress-producing chemicals in the body while increasing those well-known endorphins, which are responsible for feelings of wellbeing and relaxation. It offers time to distance yourself from the cares of the day, and also gives you a sense of accomplishment at doing something good for yourself.

Exercise strengthens your body

Regular exercise strengthens your body for the cancer fight. Fat is burned away while muscle is built, and oxygen levels increase. Circulation and digestion improve, so that major body systems work more efficiently at just the time you need them doing so. The function of the immune system in particular is improved by exercise, which is critical while undergoing treatment that leaves you vulnerable to infections. As you build your body up, it will serve you well during the cancer fight.

No matter what type of exercise you choose to begin, begin something. Sticking with it may be a challenge, but think of it as an investment in yourself that will help you in your battle and beyond. Move to live!



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4 Responses

  1. Sam

    Sam June 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm | | Reply

    I have to say this one struck home for me, my grandmother is battling cancer, and she is in very poor health! I have printed out this article as a resource to help get her up and get her moving but showing her that indeed exercise will also help her fight off the demons (cancer) in her body! Thank you

  2. Kathy Lynn

    Kathy Lynn June 26, 2013 at 2:47 am | | Reply

    Walking and light exercise — a good start to strengthening your body.

  3. Margie

    Margie June 27, 2013 at 2:05 am | | Reply

    When you have a disease like cancer – the engagement and meaningful participation in life becomes very focused. With exercise, not only you are helping your body, you can gain a sense of control – how long, how fast, how intense. Exercise can diminish that strangling feeling of helplessness that so often accompanies significant health issues.

  4. Teresa Butler

    Teresa Butler October 1, 2013 at 12:07 am | | Reply

    Unfortunately, despite knowing that exercise should be a part of our daily lives, before bootcamp, I have not exercised in about 35 years…Never again! I appreciate that regular exercise improves your energy level, lowers stress, and strengthens your body. Bootcamp is a heathly choice.

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