Guest Post: Exercising Right During Cancer Treatments

Today’s post is brought to you by one of our readers, Melanie Bowen, a blogger at Mesothelioma.com

There is no denying the many benefits of exercise, many of which people do not realize the extent they can be helpful. Exercise is not only great for people who desire to shed unwanted pounds, build their muscles, and develop more lung capacity; it is also very beneficial for cancer patients. Many health care professionals encourage cancer patients to exercise each day.

Mesothelioma and other forms of cancer are very aggressive; however, exercise can even help patients who are battling these diseases. As cancer patients undergo treatments, exercise can help to decrease the possibility of dying from the disease. Also, exercise will allow these patients to become stronger, and once they become stronger, the length of their recovery period will decrease. Cancer patients should strive to exercise because they will see improvements in all of their daily functions, including their motor functions, their level of energy, and their overall strength.

One of the most beneficial types of exercise for cancer patients is aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise allows the patients to increase their bod’ antioxidant levels. As the antioxidant levels become higher, their bodies will be able to fight off the cancer cells more aggressively. Once cancer patients begin their treatment procedures, they should begin practicing some form of aerobic exercise. Although there are many different forms of aerobic exercise, the best types include cycling, walking, and swimming. However, the patients should be sure to engage in light workouts. If patients participate in more strenuous types of exercise, they can cause more harm to their bodies.

In addition to aerobic exercise, patients should also engage in strength training exercises. Cancer treatments will cause the body to become very weak and fragile. Unfortunately, when their bodies become weaker, they will be more likely to have fractures or torn muscles. However, if the patients engage in strength training exercises, their muscles and bones will become stronger, and their chances of experiencing fractures or torn muscles will be decreased. Also, once the cancer treatments begin, the patients will experience a lot of fatigue, but if the patients are gaining stronger muscles, they will have more energy to handle the treatments.

Exercise also has emotional effects that can help cancer patients cope with their disease. Exercising releases endorphins throughout the body, which boost the mood and increase relaxation. Endorphins help combat depression, which is common with a cancer diagnosis, and help you have a deeper, longer sleep. Regardless of the many benefits of exercise during cancer treatments, patients should always talk with their doctors before they start any type of exercise.

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