Meet our Guest Blogger: David Haas!
David Haas is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, as well as creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations.
Most people know that fitness is important, but a string of recent studies from various cancer foundations prove just how important fitness really is. According to various studies, fitness is a great aid for cancer patients, no matter what stage of cancer they are in.
While fitness may benefit certain cancer patients more than others that does not reduce its importance. Certainly, cancer patients with a rare or aggressive form of cancer, such as mesothelioma, may require extra attention from a doctor. However, even these patients can benefit from fitness.
Exercise has multiple benefits, all of which are linked to help cancer patients reduce their side effects. Of course, fitness is not a miracle cure, but it can greatly improve a patient’s life’s quality.
Fitness reduces the amount of toxins in the body
This is especially important for a patient who is undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. These harsh treatments do help kill cancer cells, but they may also react with the toxins in the body. Exercise can help the body purge the toxins through the sweat glands and by defecation.
Able cancer patients should engage in various acrobatic exercises to help remove toxins from their body. Of course, no patient should begin a workout routine without first consulting with his or her main doctor. Depending on the patient’s condition, he or she may be restricted from engaging in specific types of exercises.
Fitness improves energy
Patients who are going through treatment usually admit that they constantly feel fatigued. However, their condition usually prevents them from getting quality sleep, leaving them even less energized. Fitness can help improve a patient’s energy levels, as well as sleep quality. Most patients report that after they were able to get a good night’s rest, they felt even better in the morning, with fewer pains and aches.
Fitness improves a patient’s mental health
Fitness not only affects a person’s physical health, it also helps their mental state. Unrelated studies show that optimistic people are generally healthier than negative or pessimistic people. By participating in regular exercise, patients can feel better about themselves, thus helping them to remain positive.
This article also lists several reasons why fitness is important to cancer patients.
Don’t let cancer overtake you. Consult with your doctor about a workout program. Most cancer clinics have their own workout programs readily available to patients.