The link between fitness and healing

I’m aware I’ve been slacking on my blog posts, but I assure you there will be updates soon! Planning a wedding takes up a tremendous amount of time. For now, I wanted to share some information from one of my wonderful readers. Below is some research she’s done on the benefits of exercise for cancer patients. I appreciate the information she’s shared because my uncle is currently receiving treatment for melanoma that has spread to several areas of his body. Similarly, I know most people know someone who is currently battling or has battled cancer, so hopefully you or your loved ones can benefit. Thanks for sharing, Melanie!

The Importance of Fitness for Cancer Patients

by Melanie Bowen

We all know we should exercise. Most everyone who participates in a regular
exercise program reaps valuable benefits from it, and those who have received a
cancer diagnosis can certainly use the advantages they would attain from exercising
regularly as well.

In the past, doctors have said that individuals undergoing cancer treatments should
rest and refrain from excessive physical activity. Recently, however, research has
begun to indicate that cancer patients who exercise report a higher quality of life
than those who do not. Some of the benefits of exercising both during and after
cancer treatments include the following:

  • More energy and less fatigue
  • Fewer symptoms of nausea
  • Better blood flow and circulation
  • Better weight management
  • Elevated mood
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better range of motion
  • Lower risk of osteoporosis


If you were particularly active prior to hearing you had cancer, you may need to limit
your physical activity somewhat, but be sure to continue to get some exercise. If
you have not been physically active on a regular basis, now is the time to begin an
exercise regimen. Direct any questions you have concerning what physical exercise
is right for you to your doctor. Your doctor and oncology staff will be able to point you
in the direction of programs and exercise routines specifically designed for cancer

Once you learn that you are cancer free, continue to exercise. More and more
research is being conducted concerning the affects of exercise on cancer survivors,
and much of it indicates that exercise lowers the chance of recurrence. While
exercise is not a cure for cancer, some of this research does indicate that there may
be a correlation between exercise and survival.

Whether you just learned that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, have
been fighting breast cancer or are a survivor of any form of cancer, fitness is
important for you. Your doctor and oncology staff will do all they can to help you
win your fight for life. You, however, are in control of your personal exercise routine.
Make a commitment to do all you can to stay active.


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