Fight The Cancer Blues with Exercise

Cancer treatments can leave you feeling fatigued, anxious, and weak. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do to improve these symptoms, but there is – exercise. Exercising isn’t just for healthy people; exercising is an important element of cancer treatment, which works to prevent and reduce symptoms like fatigue, depression and anxiety.

Improved Heart Strength

Even after being diagnosed with cancer, take good care of your heart. It’s easy to shift focus from other parts of your body to the area affected by cancer, but your heart needs to stay strong in order to give you the best chance at a healthy life. One of the biggest causes of heart disease is being non-active, so exercise dramatically reduces this risk. Regular exercise also reduces the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, and high-cholesterol. Exercises that get your heart pumping the most are the best. These are vigorous exercises including running, cycling, and swimming. Most experts agree that 20 to 30 minutes of vigorous exercising for at least 5 days a week will yield the best results.

Decreased Anxiety

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or any other form of cancer is hard to take. The news alone causes some cancer patients to experience anxiety on a regular basis; this can lead to depression and in some cases or even panic attacks. Reduce your anxiety levels by taking part in a daily exercise routine. Regular exercise is shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in cancer patients. Certain medications used to treat cancer may trigger anxiety as a side effect. If you are taking any medication and experience symptoms of anxiety or depression, consult with your physician.  Exercise may not be beneficial in reducing medication-induced anxiety.

Fatigue Reduction

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of cancer, anemia, and depression. It can also be brought on by treatments such as chemotherapy or from cancer-fighting medications. Fatigue makes it hard for people to move around and it causes insomnia at night due to a poor sleep schedule.  Although being active is extremely hard to do when suffering from fatigue, increasing your level of physical activity can eradicate this feeling. According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, studies prove that cancer patients that exercised were less tired and slept better than the patients that didn’t.

Increased Flexibility

Tight muscles are more likely to be injured during exercise. If you haven’t worked out in a while due to cancer treatments or you weren’t physically fit to begin with, stretch before attempting any workout regimen. Simple leg and arm stretches or yoga moves can improve your muscle’s pliability and your joint’s flexibility.

 

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