A guest post by David Haas
Family hospitality coordinator
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Note from Bethy: I don't usually host guest bloggers, but when someone writes to me and says that "moving their assets" has taken him/her through a rough time, whether it's stress, depression or illness, how can I refuse?
This guest blog post is by David Haas who is the family hospitality coordinator with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. David is a strong believer that exercise is imperative for cancer patients. He knows this first hand because he has seen the effect that exercise has had on friends and family members who’ve dealt with cancer.
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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or know someone who has, here’s important advice from a panel of 13 researchers with expertise in cancer, fitness, obesity, and exercise training:
Scientific studies repeatedly show the close link between battling cancer and feeling better through exercise. In fact, a study by the American College of Sports Medicine shows what many of us have suspected all along, that fitness plays a big role in helping people improve their lives, even after a cancer diagnosis.
For example, 2 of the biggest issues in the daily fight against cancer are pain and depression. Pain can seem to come from all sides. A medically prescribed exercise program can be a great way to control pain while helping you gain strength and improve appearance.
It is easy to get depressed with a diagnosis, while undergoing treatment or coping with changes to life. A fitness program is a good way to deal with all the problems while helping to keep your focus on short-term goals and boost your confidence.
Studies show that exercise can help you cope with the psychological and physical challenges that may happen during and after your diagnosis since the body releases chemicals that lift mood, promote relaxation and relieve pain.
Here are 7 more ways a fitness program can help you when you’re battling cancer:
- Improves your circulation
- Improves the health of your bones
- Increases your appetite
- Rebuilds lost muscle mass
- Decreases nausea and pain
- Boosts your immune system
- Reduces fatigue
If you’re a cancer patient or survivor exploring fitness options, it is important to find the types of exercise that are safe for your lifestyle. Consult with a medical professional to explore the various options and find a program that is right for you. Not all exercises are right for everyone; people suffering from mesothelioma, for example, would get different recommendations than those suffering from other types of cancers.
An expert can help you find an appropriate regimen that focuses on areas where you need improvement, such as muscle strength, aerobic fitness or energy. Targeting what you need will help improve your quality of life.
Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, or you’re going through treatments, or you’re in remission, exercise can increase your flexibility, strength, cardiovascular activity and endurance, lift your mood, fight pain and increase your confidence.
That’s a win-win that can help you successfully battle cancer and get on with life.
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You already know I believe that moving rather than sitting on your assets can help, if not dramatically improve, any ache, illness or stressful situation that is ailing you! You will read a lot more about this in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair, Not the Bank!