Tuesday, June 5, 2012

[Guest Article] Take care of you, to fight against cancer

Take care of you, to fight against cancer
By David Haas

The last thing anyone wants to think about with busy schedules is fitting in some type of exercise, especially those diagnosed with cancer.   Physical fitness is important for well-being and improving the quality of life.  Several studies have shown that exercise is now encouraged for cancer patients, whether they are just diagnosed, going through treatment, or in remission.  

While it may be difficult to include fitness in your day, it is also essential.  According to the American Cancer Society, adults that have been diagnosed with cancer should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week. While teens and children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity activity each day, with vigorous activity on at least 3 days each week. As mentioned earlier, there are several benefits to physical fitness.  Maintaining any form of movement each day can make a positive impact on how you feel and your overall outlook.  Exercise has been proven to improve moods, self esteem, flexibility, endurance, and increase the ability to perform daily living activities.  Exercising may also help to reduce the severity of cancer side effects, prevent unwanted weight changes, improve energy levels, and build muscle mass and strength.  

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer have decreased lung function, which may impair a person’s ability to engage in daily exercise.  According to www.MesotheliomaPrognosis.org, says that most oncologists agree that mesothelioma patients should partake in some sort of physical activity.   They suggest light activities such as walking, yoga, and light weights for building strength.  

Individuals diagnosed or going through treatment for mesothelioma cancer should begin slowly and listen to your body should you need to rest.  Be sure to consult your physician regarding your current and future fitness goals.   Also, choose an activity that you enjoy and that is easily accessible so you stick with your regimen and maintain an exercise schedule.

Several studies and research have been done on the benefits of exercise.  Research has suggested that physical fitness improve your mood and psychological outlook.  In addition, physical activity can improve self esteem, body image, improve tone and prevent unwanted weight changes. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, and loss of appetite can all be improved with regular physical fitness.    

Over 11 million Americans have cancer in the United States; physical fitness is encouraged to improve treatment outcomes in patients’ diagnosed cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer can be difficult, so it is important you take care of yourself to fight against cancer.  


1 comment:

  1. Cancer is very harmful disease in the world. Yoga is very beneficial for reduce cancer.

    Stage 4 Cancer