Cancer, steady, go!
It’s common sense that exercising is good but, directly from Washington, doctors urge all patients to work out, even those that are just now recovering from cancer. It might be difficult at times but remember there are different types of exercise and different levels of difficulty and intensity. The golden rule is that light exercising is better than none. Don’t force yourself but do motivate yourself into giving it all you’ve got. Unrelated research points out that exercising improves your general condition as well as disposition and we all know our minds and thoughts are very influential in our battle against cancer.
Exercise can also be used to balance out effects chemotherapy can have on your body. In one year, chemo can turn your muscles into fat like 10 years of sedentary life would. Exercising in this case is absolutely necessary if you want to get back to your normal life. While on chemo, exercising can also alleviate symptoms of fatigue, as odd as that may sound. We’ve all come to the peculiar conclusion at least once in our lives that you get more tired by not doing anything that by keeping busy and pumped. Cancer patients are exposed to some serious decline in their physical function on a long term basis and often enough, exercising is the only way to fend off this effect. This is no novelty really, as there are many classes organized especially for cancer patients and their families, with instructors and all the pointers they need.
We all know that a inactive life, which most commonly implies being overweight, increases the risk for many affections among which, several types of cancer. Though no formal research has actually been done, certain observations can be made about the 12 million US cancer survivors among who the risk of recurrence has been lower for those active and taking their time to work out.
Hopefully, cancer survivors will live a long life and with their medical history and experience, they are likely to know the value of being healthy and the importance of acting to prevent a disease instead of waiting for visible symptoms. If so, exercising can help them prevent a vast array of affections, like heart diseases, atrophy and all sorts of illnesses, not to mention that they will feel stronger and able to do much more things that people their age who are inactive. There’s a world of possibilities out there and exercising is like training to get as much out of it as possible.
There are many types of exercising and many parts of the body you can specifically target through different kinds of exercises. The American College of Sports Medicine has actually gathered some specialists to evaluate the evidence and determine in more detail what exercise can do for cancer survivors and how to maximize the benefits a patient can get out of working out. They are currently researching the matter and most recent conclusions advise people to fix as target the same amount of exercising as a healthy person, which is about 2 and a half hours every week. This includes a full body workout, which is to say that you must plan a little beforehand. All groups of muscles and all body parts should be included in the exercise at least alternated in different days.
Obviously that patients in treatment might not feel able to do so much exercise and exhaustion does them no good. You can always check with your oncologist to see just how much exercise is safe for your condition and to what length you can safely push yourself to exercise. You doctor is the most authorized to establish this and he might even recommend some physiotherapy even before you begin to consider exercising. More and more doctors are aware about the importance of treating the entire body, of integrative therapies if you want to recover from cancer and to keep it away for good. A trainer might also be the one to consult if you want to include specialized exercising in you follow up treatment. You can even get your entire family to join. If there’s one thing good about modern times, it’s that people are doing their best to use their knowledge and technology to devise healthier lifestyles, even if just to counteract the temptations of a sedentary life, in a day when we don’t really need to hunt or work for our food.11