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Increase Your Chances Of Surviving Cancer By Becoming More Physically Fit

This next post comes from a fellow blogger David Haas. David joined the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance back in 2011, and has since been very creative in his ideas on fitness for those dealing with cancer. This is what he had so say about combating cancer with exercise.

Increase Your Chances Of surviving Cancer By Becoming More Physically

There are things you can do to increase your chances of surviving cancer.
Becoming more physically fit with proper diet and exercise can make you
healthier in many ways, including being better able to survive many kinds
of cancer. Some of the types of cancer that have better survival rates with
exercise and improved physical fitness include breast cancer, colorectal cancer,
lung cancer, pancreatic cancer and mesothelioma. In addition to improving
your cancer survival chances, a good exercise program will help you be fitter,
stronger, thinner and less likely to get cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Studies have shown that a physical fitness program and exercise can help
cancer patients at all stages of the disease and afterwards. Exercising from when
you are diagnosed with cancer through mesothelioma treatment and remission
can help you fight depression, anxiety and fatigue. In fact, 2 epidemiologists,
David Batty and Inger Thune studied available scientific data and found that
exercise offered cancer treatment benefits including improved energy levels,
immune functions, bowel health, hormone levels antioxidant defense, DNA repair
and cardiovascular and pulmonary function. Their findings were published in an
editorial for the British Medical Journal.

The National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and the Centers For
Disease Control And Prevention Publications: 1996, Physical Activity And Health,
A Report Of The Surgeon General, and 2008, Preventing Obesity And Chronic
Diseases Through Good Nutritional And Physical Activity, recommend that
people exercise at a moderate level for at least 30 minutes a day and 5 days a
week for better health and disease prevention. The American Cancer Society
now advises Americans adopt an active lifestyle to prevent cancer and to help
fight existing cancer.

Physically active people should remain active, and sedentary people should get
their doctors advice on starting a level of exercise that they can handle and build
on. Starting small and building up to a level of exercise that will be beneficial
should be the goal. Exercises that help cancer patients fight depression, fatigue
and anxiety, and get more fit are: strength training, aerobic exercises, biking,
walking, hiking and swimming. Patients should choose one or more exercises
that they can enjoy and stick with. Patients who adopt an exercise regimen
can increase their rate of cancer survivorship and live healthier lives. They can
become stronger, fitter and thinner while increasing their chances of living longer.

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