It has now become common knowledge that while resting in important during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery state of cancers like mesothelioma and leukemia, exercise also plays an important role. Keeping active during all of the challenging stages can help patients to regain strength, build muscle and focus on their weight loss or weight gain. In addition, regular exercise can help people to feel better about their recovery, more positive about the future and more self confident about their changing bodies. It can be a struggle for patients to narrow down the exercise choices and find one activity, which is both enjoyable and beneficial. Contact your doctor for specifics and to make sure any exercise is suggested before beginning a routine with one of the following choices:
Aerobic Exercise: This type of exercise encompasses many of the most fun and easy to do workouts available. Walking, jogging, cycling or dancing all come under the category of aerobic fitness. This is also the most helpful way to burn calories for those who need to lose weight in order to reduce their risk of cancer recurring in the body. The exercise you choose should not be overwhelming for you, so start off with just 10 minutes of walking if necessary.
Strength Training: Many cancer treatments can reduce bone density, which can result in more health problems later in life. In order to rebuild that density and also build up any lost muscles as a result of cancer, strength training is ideal. Those who are unfamiliar with this type of exercise should seek out a certified personal trainer who can help tailor a workout to fit their needs and physical demands.
Flexibility: After surgeries or extended periods of bed rest and inactivity, it can be difficult for patients to regain their balance and flexibility needed for daily activities. Daily stretching can increase flexibility as well as circulation throughout the body. Even if patients don’t feel ready to tackle any other type of exercise, they can improve their flexibility with basic movements either while sitting or standing. Advanced exercises might want to tackle yoga in order to see benefits faster.
By including aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility work into your routine, it is possible to feel better, suffer from less fatigue and have a renewed sense of life and excitement after dealing with challenging cancer treatments.
by David Haas
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Guest Blogger