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Battling cancer with exercise – guest post

I recently met Jackie Clark, who runs an excellent blog, Jackie’s Arc. Jackie’s Arc “is a serene place that talks about everything from food to flowers.”  She has great posts about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness. Make sure you check it out.
 
Battling Cancer with Exercise
By: Jackie Clark

Battling cancer is one of the toughest fights that anyone may deal with in their life. However, many cancer patients have been known to significantly improve their health by exercising in combination with a healthy diet. The benefits that are provided by exercising are enormous and include improved health, reduced stress, and a decrease in the chances of cancer recurrence. 

According to the National Cancer Institute, evidence is being shown that there are numerous benefits to exercising if you are a victim of cancer. Cancer treatment has the ability to reduce energy levels while causing patients to feel lethargic and depressed. The quality of life is improved while cancer symptoms such as fatigue are reduced. Other benefits include increased energy, better sleep, and improved strength. Also, the chances of surviving this disease are also increased when moderate exercise is implemented into your lifestyle.

Various exercises such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking, yoga, or Pilates can all improve your mental health as well as your physical body. Reduced stress can actually make traditional treatments more effective and can ultimately improve your well being during such a difficult time. In addition, improved mental health leads to self-confidence, physical fitness, and a better outlook on life that can coincide with a full recovery for cancer survivors.

Other cancer symptoms such as obesity, muscle and joint pain, inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression can be alleviated when implementing an exercise regimen into your schedule. Once a leukemic or mesothelioma prognosis is discovered, many patients tend to fall out of the habit of regularly exercising which is quite detrimental to the physical and mental health of a person. Even 30 minutes of exercise per day can be beneficial in preventing this vicious cycle and can be key to improving a cancer patient’s life.

Though it is not a cure for cancer, the benefits that are associated with exercise are profound and should be considered for anyone dealing with lung or mesothelioma cancer. Furthermore, the benefits that are found with invigorating exercise are sure to make your life healthier and reduce the likelihood of living with this deadly disease.

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