Monday, January 23, 2012

The positive fitness can have on the C-word, Cancer that is.

Last week I got an email from a man by the name of David Haas. He was very interested in writing an article to talk about the affects that fitness can have on cancer. This year has been an interesting year where both my sister (who found a lump - at the age of 24) and my dad (skin) had cancer scares. Both were fortunate to come with postivie results but so many people these days aren't as lucky. I really agreed with what David had to say and appreciate his efforts to talking about cancer and getting others comfortable with the C-word. We need to talk about it because if we don't, it negativity behind such a scary way will never change. Take it away David...

According to the Cancer Fitness Institute, fitness proves to provide a variety of cancer survivors, including those going through a rare, painful and difficult tratment regiment such as mesothelima treatment, with farpreaching benefits. Although exercise and exertion were frowned upon int he past, physcians and reseachers alike now know that participating in an exercise program is beneficial to cancer patients and survivors. If you are currently undergoing a treathment regiment for any type of cancer, a fitness program that best suits your lifestyle needs can improve your quality of life and help you in many other ways such as the following:

Improve Muscle Strength
As you exercise and improve the strength of your muscles, you enable your body to better support you through out the day. Stronger muscles do more than help lift heavy objects; they also provide your body with energy for simple tasks too.

Reduce Stress
Some days are more stressful than others. During exercise your breathe in and out, releasing stress and pent-up frustration. Whether you practice yoga or ride a stationary bike, moving your body gets endorphins moving, leading to reduction of stress and feelings of calm.

Impact Day-to-Day Duties
Participating in regualr physical fitness can help you be providing you with the energy you need to tackle daily duties. Although some believe exercise wears you out, it actually increases your energy over the long-run. The little activities that tire you over the course of the day can feel a lot less strenuous as you build your muscles and cardiovascular health.

Reduce Fatigue - listen up people. This is a big one for everyone!
Fatigue can be frustrating when there's so much to do. Aerobic exercise, such as walking or riding a bike can boost your energy and help you fight fatigue. Since an increase in energy can greatly impact your quality of life but more importantly, an exercise can help you feel more energenic.

Increase Cardiovascular Endurance
The strength of your cardiovascular system impacts the rest of your health. Participating in aerobic exercise that's comfortable for you will increase your stamina and endurance. AS you battle tiredness and not feeling well, both of these factors can provide you with much needed energy during and after your treatment.

Shift your FOCUS
Doing something good for your body helps you shift your focus from illness to feeling well. Since your emotional state is an important part of your program, you can use exercise to feel better physically and emotionall through the relief of endorphins.

In closing, by using physical fitness and exercise as tools in your fight against cancer you are empowered to work toward the achievement of wellness. Exercise at your own pace and with the guidance of your doctor. When you create an exercise plan that suits you as an individual you take part in improving your physical fitness and redirecting your focus to wellness.

Thanks so much for this awesome article David!

Have a great week everyone and don't forget to step out of your comfort zone.

Yours in health and fitness,


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