This is a guest post by an impassioned gentleman named David HaasIt is no big secret that cancer treatments are exceptionally rough on a person’s body. While not everyone reacts the same way to treatments, common side effects that most people experience are often difficult. These include fatigue, depression, nausea and a myriad of other unwelcome symptoms.
However, the side effects are no big deal when compared to dying of cancer that is not treated. There are many different treatments out there for cancer and whether someone is going through chemotherapy to breast cancer or rare and intense mesothelioma treatment, exercise can help fight the negative side-effects.
For those that are suffering cancer and undergoing treatment and those that have overcome cancer and live each day wondering if it will ever make a reappearance; there is something that they can do to help alleviate the symptoms that treatment provides and to decrease their chances of having a second bout of cancer later in life. This miracle treatment is not a drug or even a treatment at all; it is exercise. Doctors and medical professionals have spent years studying the effects of exercise on cancer patients and former cancer patients and the results are astounding.
Experts believe that a mere two and a half hours of exercise per week – or broken down further, 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week or even further, 22 minutes a day 7 days a week – will decrease a woman’s chance of having a recurrence of breast cancer by 40 percent and of prostate cancer by 30 percent. It also helps to relieve symptoms of cancer treatment such as depression, fatigue and nausea.
Additional benefits of exercise combined with cancer recovery include a number of benefits, such as an improved quality of life, a stronger immune system and a better mood. Exercise improves quality of life through making people healthier from the inside out. The immune system is improved in large part from the good hormones that are produced from exercise; they remove the bad hormones produced by stress and anxiety that tear down the immune system and allow it to become stronger to better fight the cancer and accept the treatment methods.
Exercise also produces endorphins that improve mood. People are often in a better mood when they are finished exercising because of the endorphins released in their bodies. Exercising makes everyone healthier in a myriad of ways, from helping the body inside to making it look better on the outside and people that exercise are in a better mood. Knowing that what they’ve just done is going to make them healthier and their bodies look better is enough to make many people feel instantly better. A boost of confidence is a boost of everything; no one is happier than confident person and confidence is something every
cancer patient needs.