Guest Blogger David Haas
Happy Monday Everybody!
Well, I hope it is and if it has not been things are about to get much better. Today I have the honor of having David Haas as my guest blogger. David is the Family Hospitality Coordinator at Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in Syracuse, New York. His insight will move you to a greater understanding and educate you further about the overall importance of exercise as it relates to disease.
Without further adieu, here is David Haas!
Reduce Risk of Cancer Reoccurrence by Exercising
Physical fitness isn’t something that people benefit from just because they want to look better in their clothing or for the bathing suit season. Fitness is something that improves overall health, not just appearance. The best thing about fitness is that absolutely everybody benefits from it, even people with rare diseases such as mesothelioma cancer. In the past, doctors would advise their cancer patients to get plenty of rest and conserve their energy because cancer treatments are very difficult on the body and detrimental to a person’s health. These days, however, doctors are informing their patients that they should stop resting and get moving because physical fitness will help them to cope with their cancer treatment’s side effects.
Just 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week can alleviate some of the symptoms that come along with cancer treatments. These symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fatigue and even depression that cancer patients feel due to the treatment their body is undergoing. Additionally, cancer patients benefit from physical fitness because it improves their overall quality of life, which is imperative for those undergoing cancer treatments.
Quality of life is so important because it affects a person’s overall health in every possible state; mentally, physically and emotionally. A person with cancer is very likely experiencing extreme amounts of stress and therefore their immune systems are not working up to par. Stress causes a hormone that negatively affects the immune system and prevents it from adequately fighting infection and disease. Exercise and physical fitness produce a different hormone that cancels out the negative hormones from stress and helps to boost the immune system back to where it should be, which makes fighting disease and illness that much easier.
In addition, physical fitness helps a person to feel good about themselves in a number of ways. A person never regrets working out and helping their mind, body and health improve but they always regret skipping a workout. The endorphins produced when a person works out make them feel better, look better and have a more positive attitude, which can help to improve their overall quality of life.
Finally, another reason that people suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment for cancer benefit from physical fitness is the fact that they can help to prevent cancer from reoccurring. Those that do not have cancer can work out for 150 minutes every week and reduce their chances of getting certain types of cancer by up to 40 percent. Those that already have cancer can reduce the risk of their cancer returning in the future by just as much.
Overall, physical fitness for cancer patients is a good idea. Patients can only benefit from the extra exercise and endorphins from working out.
If you would like more information and articles from David, you can follow him at www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/david/
Thanks for reading and have a great afternoon!
Posted on February 20, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged diabetes and cancer fitness solutions, exercise and disease, exercise for cancer recovery, fitness and cancer, importance of exercise and cancer, mesothelioma, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.