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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Great Benefit of Fitness While Dealing With Cancer

Today we welcome a post by guest blogger David Haas, who has a passion for teaching people about the benefits of fitness when it comes to the battle against cancer.  I hope this article informs and blesses you, too!

The Great Benefit of Fitness While Dealing With Cancer
By:  Davis Haas, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Guest Blogger

Fitness serves a wide variety of benefits from improving both physical and mental health. Most people associate fitness with the immediate benefits such as weight loss and muscle growth. However, what many may not be aware of is that fitness serves many other purposes as well, such as aiding cancer patients' in recovery.

It does not matter if the cancer patient has just been diagnosed with the disease, undergoing extensive treatment or if they are in the recovery stages; fitness can help every type of cancer patient. Moreover, it does not matter what type of cancer the patient is currently suffering from. However, rare or aggressive types of cancer, such as mesothelioma, may require additional help from fitness experts.

Various health studies show that fitness can aid a cancer patient. Both the cancer and treatment can leave patients severely fatigued. Exercise will most likely go against patients' natural inclination, seeing that exercise requires energy. However, even a small amount of exercise can help cancer patients restore their energy through muscle breakdown and rebuilding processes.

Exercise stimulates the central nervous system. It also activates endorphins, a natural neurological hormone that relaxes the body. Most aerobic exercises can help relieve the pain caused by chemotherapy and surgery. However, it must be known that heavy exercise is not always recommended for patients who just underwent treatment. Heavy exercise is mostly recommended for patients who are in remission.

Unrelated studies have shown that exercise can help people remain positive, both about themselves and their current situation. Staying positive can certainly help a cancer patient, but it certainly won't destroy the cancer itself. As a result, staying positive can improve a cancer patient's quality of life. Most importantly, when cancer patients can remain positive, it puts their friends and family at ease.

Fitness is greatly beneficial for cancer patients and it can help take their mind off of their current condition. Patients should engage in fitness for 30 to 60 minutes for five days a week. This will help them combat the cancerous cells and also can help their body to quickly recover from treatment.

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