Exercising in the Name of Peace and Mind

Cancer can be the most fearful and overwhelming experience a person will ever go through. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are going through treatments, or in remission, the treatments associated with cancer can leave a person exhausted and weak. With all of the emotional and physical stress that is associated with having cancer it’s important for cancer patients and survivors to consider adding a vital step into their treatment plan; regular exercise.

Though exercise may be the very last thing a cancer patient wants to think about, let alone do, making the time to do so can help conquer a sleuth of health issues. Stress, fatigue, depression, weak and brittle bones, as well as quality of life are all situations that cancer patients deal with on almost a daily basis.  By exercising regularly one is able to help alleviate these symptoms and help you feel better about yourself and your life.

Adding exercise to your treatment plan helps to strengthen and build your muscles. When a patient undergoes various cancer treatments, their muscles tend to get weak causing fatigue and a lack of ability to move about as freely as they once did; along with this comes a possibility of broken bones. Weight strengthening exercises can build up these muscles and bones, helping them to become healthier and stronger. In turn, you are in a better position to conquer the day a little easier.

Exercise is also a great way of helping a cancer patient to have a more positive outlook of life. When diagnosed with cancer, one can easily feel overwhelmed and begin to instantly start focusing on the negatives with the long road of recovery and turmoil ahead. These thoughts can create unwanted stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Exercising regularly can help one to control these negative feelings and turn them into positive ones. For example, exercise produces endorphins, which produce a sense of euphoria that is sparked instantly throughout the body. This reaction in turn can create a positive change both within a patient’s mind and body. Exercise is a small price to pay for even just a little peace of mind.

If you are a cancer patient exercise can prove to be a great asset to your lifestyle. However, before beginning any exercise routine it’s important to talk with your doctor. A mesothelioma doctor may inform his or her patients that both the type and duration of exercise to be performed greatly depends on the stage of cancer you are in. So open, honest communication with your doctor is vital.

Cancer is not an easy disease to overcome, but by including healthy and beneficial exercise into your daily routine, you may indefinitely experience peace of mind and renewed energy that you thought could never be possible.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Guest Blogger

David Haas

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