I’m excited to share a Guest Post with you all today.
I have always been passionate about teaching people to incorporate exercise their lives for the obvious physical and mental benefits, but how about when fighting a disease or illness? Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and cancer cure initiative and wants to share how and why exercise is important in these situations.
Why Fitness Matters With Cancer
Staying physically fit is always important. At every age, and no matter what health problems a person has, there are nearly always actions that person can take to stay as physically fit as possible. Research on exercise shows that every little bit of exercise helps and adds up over time to improvements in health.
Having a cancer diagnosis is no exception to the rule of physical activity being a good idea. No matter what kind of cancer it is, from mesothelioma to breast cancer, even to skin cancer, exercising will help you in a number of ways. Exercise can be whatever physical activity you like doing, as long as it increases your heart rate and makes you burn energy.
One result of increased exercise is increased energy. When you exercise, all of your bodily systems become more active. More blood flows to organs and extremities and more oxygen is carried to cells. The effects of these increases in metabolism go on long after the exercise is over, giving you more energy throughout the rest of the day.
Exercise has also shown itself to be an effective way of improving mood. Having a cancer diagnosis is stressful, and low moods are common. Getting exercise is a proven way of relieving mild to moderate depression for many people. Improvements in mood and energy can significantly improve quality of life.
Physical fitness also helps with losing and maintaining weight, which has also been linked to the risk of cancer. If you need to lose weight, getting anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense exercise most days of the week will probably be needed. The level and length of exercise will depend on each individual so it is important to speak with a medical professional to develop an appropriate regimen. Start slow and work your way back to healthy!
Have a great Friday everyone! ~Marielle