Whether you were just diagnosed, are undergoing treatment, or are in remission of cancer- physical fitness is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Research has proven that a consistent exercise routine has many benefits.
Exercise is beneficial for your overall health and quality of life. It improves your circulation, the health of your bones, and increases your appetite. It also greatly improves the health of your muscles by rebuilding lost muscle mass. Research has found that exercise can also decrease nausea and pain, and that cardiovascular activity can boost your immune system. Another benefit of regular exercise is that it reduces fatigue and creates an energy balance in your body. Suggestive, but by no means definitive studies show exercising may make you have a less likely chance of relapsing and dying from cancer.
Exercise can also be very helpful to your morale. It can keep you focused and positive, take your mind off of negative aspects in your life, and decrease stress. Exercise has been linked to improved rates of self-esteem and general emotional well-being and reducing depression and anxiety. For an added boost of morale, it could also be very beneficial to look for an exercise program for cancer patients in your community and find others to work out with.
There are also important considerations to take heed of before developing an exercise routine. It is very important that you discuss exercising with your doctor and develop and individualized plan because every person is different. Exercise can impair patients with reduced lung function, such as those who are undergoing mesothelioma treatment who will need to start slow with light exercise. Your physician will advise you on your preferable frequency and intensity and what activities are safe for you. Cancer patients beginning their exercise routine should start slowly and moderately, as exercising too much, too fast should be avoided. Choose activities that are easily accessible, comfortable and enjoyable. Timing is also important. Cancer patients undergoing their first chemotherapy treatment therapy should wait until their cycle is complete. For those using radiation therapies- you should decrease the intensity of exercise towards the end of your treatment cycle. It is also important to listen to your body: You should skip your routine if you are not feeling well enough to participate. Also, Inform your doctor immediately if you experience blurred vision, dizziness or swelling.