Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Guest Post (The Role of Exercise in Fighting Cancer)

Recently, I had been contacted by Liz to see if I would be interested in a guest post on this blog. Her timing is perfect. Handful, the company and product I am currently hosting a giveaway for is an approved mastectomy bra.

Read on for Liz's post: 

When one receives a diagnosis of cancer, fear strikes at the heart. There may be thoughts of suffering, and leaving loved ones behind. But it doesn't have to be that way. Today, cancer is more treatable than ever; leading to a good prognosis for those whose cancer is caught early. In addition, there is much that one can do on their own to ensure a good outcome. An extremely important component of cancer treatment is exercise. Exercise's role in improving physical and mental health cannot be underestimated. 

When fighting cancer, maintaining or improving physical condition is important. While one may have a disease, it is still possible, and actually essential, to maintain one's fitness level. Treatments such as
chemotherapy will target the cancerous cells, and hopefully eradicate them completely. However, it also attacks healthy cells, and can weaken one temporarily. Being in good physical shape can lessen the discomfort, and help the body to fight. One should, of course, always check with their doctor regarding physical activity level during treatment. 

Exercise has an incredibly beneficial impact on mental health. Aerobic exercise such as walking, running, or biking releases endorphins which contribute to a positive mood, and relieve stress.
Lung cancer and mesothelioma causes patients to focus on these types of exercises to increase lung capacity. Maintaining a positive outlook will help one to fight and overcome illness. Strength training exercises build muscle and improves overall muscle tone, which will help to avoid becoming emaciated. 

One of the most effective treatments for cancer, is addition to medical care, is state of mind. One needs to continue thinking of themselves as a person with dreams, goals, and a future. Besides the direct role of exercise in improving physical and mental health, the mere act of getting up or going out and exercising is telling one's body that they are not giving up on it. Continuing to meet and exceed
fitness goals helps one keep their identity as a person, not a cancer patient.

Exercise has benefits for everyone, but for those preparing and continuing to overcome cancer, the benefits are many. Keeping strength despite illness, having hope instead of despair, being a person instead of a patient: these are all results of maintaining a fitness regimen. 

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April. 

Thank you, Liz, for sharing.

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