When you have cancer, you probably put most of your efforts into going for treatment and resting while you’re at home. What you may not realize is that physical activity and exercise can be a perfect complement to the treatment that you’re having done. Exercise will not get rid of your cancer or be some miracle cure, but it is something that can and should be used in conjunction with your traditional radiation therapy. Whether you are battling breast cancer or mesothelioma, you should with your doctor before you make changes to your daily lifestyle and begin exercising on a more routine basis.
One thing that you need to understand is just how beneficial physical activity can be for someone who is undergoing cancer treatment. Exercise provides the body with a boost of endorphins, which is the feel-good hormone that most of us get when we do or eat something good. You might get a rush of endorphins when doing charity work or by eating a block of chocolate. You can get the same feeling from exercising on a routine basis. This can help you if you’re currently suffering from depression or anxiety as a result of your cancer.
Another thing that exercise can do for you is that it strengthens the body and improves blood circulation throughout the body. People who exercise also tend to have stronger immune systems, which is ideal for cancer patients who have weakened systems due to treatments. The exercise you do does not, and should not be overly strenuous. Even taking a 10-minute walk around your block a few times a week is enough to give you that much needed energy and endorphin boost that exercise provides.
You should establish a regular exercise regimen with your doctor to make sure that you are getting enough physical activity throughout the day. People who are relatively healthy and active can benefit from exercise, so it only makes sense that cancer patients can get the same benefits and more. Your doctor can help you decide which workouts are best suited for your health and which ones you should avoid to prevent injury. It may even shock you to see just how good you feel after you workout for the very first time. You should expect an initial tiredness and soreness, but this will go away the more you exercise.