Last week, Melanie approached us with the idea for this blog post – we think that the subject is both relevant and interesting – and we hope that you think the same – Sarah & Ditte
For those that are currently living with cancer, it often feels like every other facet of their life is pushed to the side. This often includes one’s overall fitness and mental well-being. With astonishing reports now being released by Mayo Clinic, more doctors now than ever are reporting about the positive impact that a good diet and exercise has on patients that have recently been diagnosed with cancer, those that currently in treatment, or patients now in remission. Here is a closer look at just how important physical activity and exercise is for those that have been diagnosed with any form of cancer ranging from mesothelioma to melanoma.
While exercise is not an alternative to a more formal and structured treatment, it has been shown to promote some beneficial changes in the body during this stressful and taxing period. One of the biggest benefits is the increase in energy. Due to the nature of cancer and its various treatments, fatigue is often one of the most-reported secondary symptoms that patients experience. With a structured exercise program, studies have shown that energy is increased dramatically.
No matter where the cancer is taking place in the body or what form of cancer it may be, keeping one’s heart and bones healthy is another important step of this process. For many years, doctors have understood just how powerful of an impact exercise can have on heart and bone health, and this is one time in which the health of these body parts is exceptionally important. Most patients report a large increase in their mood as well with reduced feelings of depression or even suicide. Regular exercise produces and releases a number of chemicals in the brain that will lead patients to be happier, more content, healthier, and more ambitious.
Finally, these studies from the Mayo Clinic also show that fitness and exercise will reduce the chance of cancer returning in a high percentage of patients. This is another important step, as a patient’s risk of developing cancer increases after already having the disease. No matter one’s current fitness level, there are simple steps that can be carried out to promote an active lifestyle. It is important to talk to your doctor to develop a plan appropriate to your situation and your needs. Don’t wait go get active today!
About the author:
Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiatives. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. Melanie also assists in social media outreach in her efforts to spread awareness. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.