By: Liz Davies
Over the last year there has been a lot of research done that found how exercise affected cancer patients.
There are many physical issues cancer patients encounter when going through treatment like pain, nausea, lessened bone density, and decreased appetite. Exercise has proven to lessen these side effects. Emotionally, exercise has been proven to increase patients’ self-esteem and decrease the likelihood of depression and anxiety that often invades cancer patients’ lives. At this time of their lives, cancer patients have a lot on their plates so any ways they can help themselves feel better both physically and emotionally should be taken advantage of.
The recommended amount of exercise for Americans is about 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. This will vary person to person and there are many other factors that will change the frequency, type and intensity of the exercise regimen. The stage and type of cancer, type of treatment, and any other health issues are examples of factors that will determine the appropriate exercise routine. An individual with Stage I Breast Cancer is going to have a completely different routine from someone undergoing chemotherapy for stage IV mesothelioma cancer. There are personal trainers who work specifically with cancer patients who along with oncologists can provide a patient with a fitting regimen.
It is critical to be smart about the level and amounts of exercise. When signs such as dizziness, intense pain or blurred vision occur this is a sign to stop. It is very important to decided on the right amount of exercise because too little or too much will not show the results that are so helpful for cancer patients’ recovery.
Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.
Thank you Liz, for your guest blog, I’m honored to have you! Liz can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org