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An Important Guest Blog

This installment is a guest article by David Haas, who asked if he could share his very important message with my readers.
I’m happy to help, David.
Better Quality of Life Through Physical Fitness

The benefits of regular exercise are widely recognized. Staying fit can reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even certain types of cancer. Further, studies suggest that even those who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, can enjoy the benefits of physical fitness.Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and medications often leave patients feeling nauseous and dizzy and with little or no appetite. This leads to severe malnutrition, which can exacerbate symptoms and cause dramatic weight loss. In order to heal and function properly, the body needs the vitamins and minerals that healthy foods provide. For cancer patients, one of the most significant benefits of exercise is that it increases appetite, ensuring that patients receive the necessary nutrition on their path to recovery.

Another benefit of regular workouts is the increase in energy it provides. Many cancer patients often feel tired and lethargic due to the disease and the medications used to treat it. Exercise gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing, leaving you feeling alert, energized and ready to take on the day. It also leads to better quality of sleep, which can help beat fatigue during the day.

In addition to increased appetite and energy, exercise also lends to better overall body function. It helps the system stay regular in terms of blood pressure and waste removal, which helps the body run more smoothly and efficiently. Exercise also helps to control weight, promote healing and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints. Further, according to the National Cancer Institute, regular workouts lead to better quality of life for all types of cancer patients, whether just diagnosed, currently receiving treatment or in remission.

Cancer patients often suffer from depression and anxiety. Studies show that these symptoms can be greatly improved with regular workouts, as exercise causes your body to release endorphins. These “feel good” chemicals increase mood, reduce stress and act as natural pain relievers, leaving you feeling calm, relaxed and happy.

When it comes exercise, it’s best to start out slowly. Pushing yourself can lead to overexertion and injury, and could scare you away from exercise for good. For those with mesothelioma or other lung cancers, shortness of breath may be a concern. However, even light exercise, such as yoga or a short walk, can provide significant health benefits.

Speak to a doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. He or she will help you decide which workouts are best for you, as well as advise you on which exercises you should avoid. For individuals with cancer, health is a top priority, and exercise can only improve overall health and quality of life.

March 6, 2012 | News | Comments Off on An Important Guest Blog

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