Hello Fit Lifers!
If you have been following the blog long, then you realize I am about much more than flat abs and numbers on the scale. This site promotes health and healing in all areas of life.
Cancer prevention, treatment and research is of great importance to me. Many who read this blog have been affected by cancer in some way. Most know that I lost my mom to cancer and that in the past 2 years we have had several loved ones diagnosed with various forms of this disease. It is my firm belief that those of us dedicated to the health and fitness field can shed more light on the quality of life during cancer treatment as well as cancer prevention.
Today I have a very special guest blogger, David Haas. David is an advocate for cancer support and awareness and has written out these wonderful tips on implementing a good fitness regimen to restore the energy that can often times be lost during cancer treatment. So, give David a warm welcome and read on as he enlightens us all to live a fit life.
Restore Energy With Regular Exercise
Fitness is an essential component to health. Regular exercise is important for anyone regardless of their age or medical condition. Cancer patients, however, can especially benefit from any type of activity and numerous studies show a positive correlation between fitness and cancer survivorship. Physical activity comes in a range of options and there is something for everyone. According to the National Cancer Institute, regular exercise is a critical component of energy balance. Many cancer patients suffer through treatments that drastically reduce their vitality. Exercising is a great way to remedy this issue. More than 14 million Americans have survived cancer and exercising is one way to maintain health while battling with the disease.
There are several things to consider before exercising. Sedentary people should start slow although experts recommend 30 minutes of exercise every day for five days each week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are links between regular exercise and reduced risks of prostate, lung and endometrial cancer. Exercising is easy and there are plenty of activities for everyone.
Benefits of Regular Exercise
Exercising on a regular basis offers numerous benefits. Physical exertion makes the heart work harder and improves circulation throughout the body. Regular exercise ensures that there are plenty of nutrients available for all of the body’s needs. In addition, fitness makes the heart stronger. This makes it more efficient and reduces a number of health risks. Exercising improves the overall energy balance because a number of hormones and neurotransmitters are released during exertion. These hormones are responsible for feelings of harmony and they also boost moods.
Studies and Cancer Survivorship
The CDC and other organizations have conducted a number of studies on cancer survivorship. Research confirms that physical activity can be beneficial. Fitness improves quality of life and reduces fatigue. One particular study confirmed that women who walked three to five hours per week had higher survivor rates. A discussion by the American College of Sports Medicine noted that exercise was safe for most survivors, but there are some things to be wary of. Certain treatments can reduce bone density and heart muscle tone. Patients should be sure to consult their physician and refrain from overly strenuous activities. Walking is an ideal exercise because it is fairly low-intensity and can be done for any length of time.
Walking is one physical activity that offers lots of benefits. It is an easy exercise that requires no specialized equipment. The lengths can vary and beginners can
start with a five-minute walk and work up from there. Ideally, walking should last for 30 minutes and occur five days a week. Speed can also be changed to raise the heart rate and get a more vigorous workout. The CDC recommends walking at a pace of three miles per hour, which burns 3.5 to 7 calories per minute. According to the CDC, skating, bicycling, yoga and stair climbers are similar to walking in their intensity.
Activity and Weight Gain
Many cancer patients lose weight. The treatments are severe and nausea is a common side effects. Physical activity is a great way gain weight. Exercise adds to the body’s weight by increasing muscle tone. The body gets stronger by quickly responds to increased demands during physical activity. Fitness levels are also associated with increased bone density due to increased muscle mass.
Exercising on a regular basis provides a number of health benefits. Fitness levels are closely associated with health and working out is a great way to boost natural energy levels. Engaging in moderately intense activities is recommended, but it is essential to consult a physician first. Some treatments for lung, ovarian and mesothelioma cancer can affect bone density and heart health. There are plenty of great activities, find one that is fit for you.