Guest Post: The Benefits of Fitness During Cancer Treatments

Today I have a guest post from Melanie. She ran across my blog and asked if she could post about how staying physically fit can be extremely beneficial to people going through cancer treatments.

The Benefits of Fitness During Cancer Treatments

Whether you have recently been diagnosed with any form of cancer or if you have been struggling with your battle for years, understanding different treatment options is an important
aspect. Ways to become stronger can help you to continue the fight while
providing your body with what it needs while you have a weakened immune system.
When you are struggling with any form of cancer, incorporating fitness regimens,
along with a change in your diet and nutrition, can help to greatly increase
survival chances depending on the progression of your cancer and your will to
fight.

Health Benefits of Fitness and Exercise During Cancer Treatments

In a study that was produced and shared by the official National Cancer Institute, the results
showed that cancer patients who incorporated physical activity during their
daily regimens felt less fatigue and overall improved levels of energy, even
when receiving intense chemotherapy sessions. Physical activity during cancer treatment
also helps provide the body with the release of endorphins and healthy
neurochemicals, boosting the mood and allowing you to feel more motivated and
confident to maintain your healthy state of mind.

How to Incorporate Fitness Into Your Daily Routine, Regardless of Your Battle

When you have made the decision to try to improve your overall well-being, incorporating fitness and
proper diet and nutrition are the first steps to getting your strength and
health back. Cancer can be physically and emotionally draining, so it is
important to incorporate exercise and fitness into your daily life at your own
pace depending on the type of cancer you are attempting to beat. Whether you
are suffering from mesothelioma or
another type of cancer including breast or colon, simply walking and
implementing a bit of yoga stretching can impact your life and mood
drastically.

If you are capable, combining both yoga and Pilates will help to release endorphins while keeping
your body moving and physically active, even during the most intense cancer
treatments. Once you have more energy, try riding a bike, walking to local
stores and even swimming to improve your heart healthy while also increasing
your lung capacity.

It is also important to rid refined starches and sugars from your diet while adding more vegetables, fruits and seeds to give your body natural foods to digest, making it easier to battle
the cancer you have with the ingestion of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
regularly. Making adjustments to both your diet and exercise routine can go a long way
before, during, and after cancer treatment. So, talk to your doctor today to
begin making the appropriate changes!

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