Benefits of Exercise for Cancer
How to improve quality of life for those
diagnosed with cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, a panel of 13 cancer specialist researchers found that there were
several benefits to exercising after being diagnosed with cancer. These benefits include improving your quality of
life, reducing depression, increasing your strength and lifespan as well as reducing the risk of cancer coming back
after remission. If you have been diagnosed with cancer or are currently taking mesothelioma
treatment or treatment for any other form of cancer, start taking
advantage of these benefits today!
Being overweight not only increases the risk of developing osteoporosis, heart disease
and type-2 diabetes, but research has shown that it also reduces your overall lifespan after a cancer diagnosis.
Eating healthy foods and being active everyday reduces these risks and improves your quality of life. Since dieting
may not be the way to go while under treatment for cancer, exercising alone
can help you shed those excess pounds.
Experts suggest aiming for 150 minutes of aerobic activities per week, although some
may need up to 300 minutes per week to see a significant change in weight. Aerobic exercises include: swimming,
biking, jogging, power-walking and skating. One-hour of aerobic exercising for a 200-pound person burns off up to
|Exercising is an important part of
treatment after being diagnosed with cancer.
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Cutting back on saturated fat and trans-fat and replacing them with monounsaturated and
polyunsaturated fat can greatly reduce your heart disease risk; however, inactivity can defeat this effect. In
fact, the University of Maryland Medical Center states that inactivity is one of the major risks for developing
heart disease. The heart is both an organ and a muscle, and just as any other muscle, working out makes it
stronger. When your heart is stronger, it can pump more blood throughout your body, with every beat, making it work
better without working harder.
Exercise also reduces your blood pressure, blood sugar level and low-density
lipoprotein ‘bad cholesterol,’ improving your whole circulatory system. To enjoy the benefits of a healthy heart,
perform cardiovascular ‘cardio’ exercises for at least 30 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week. Examples of cardio
exercises are: running,
jogging, biking and boxing.
It is normal to feel sad or anxious after receiving a cancer diagnosis and some people
begin to feel it more intensely after going through radical treatment that causes their appearance to change. Your
doctor may recommend going to talk therapy sessions or joining a support group to discuss these feelings in an
effort to reduce them. He may also prescribe you anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications to help you
However, did you know that taking part in regular physical activity can also help boost
your mood? Studies have shown that working out on a daily basis can help
combat depression and anxiety. If you aren’t physically strong enough to join a gym or to
partake in vigorous activities, doing household chores such as dusting, vacuuming and moving furniture around can
help. Aim to be active for at least 10-30 minutes per day to see the most
benefits in your mood.