Fitness Regimens Increase Energy and Confidence in Cancer Patients and Survivors

By Guest Author: David Hass

Going through the rough treatments of cancer can completely drain a person of all physical energy and can leave a person with a bleak outlook on life. Cancer patients have many worries and stresses that seem to accumulate and the effects of chemo, radiation, and surgery add to the physical and emotional depletion that many cancer patients and survivors experience. Exercise has consistently been one of the most recommended activities for cancer patients to make efforts to take control back over their lives. Exercising can increase energy levels and slowly begin to strengthen muscles that have been weakened due to the illness.

Whether a mesothelimoa doctor, general physician, or oncologist has recommended exercise to a cancer patient, or whether the patient is simply taking assertive steps to regain confidence and raise his or her energy level, mild forms of exercise are a great way to begin a fitness regimen. Many people have found that making the exercise fun and social has inspired them to stick to fitness routines that normally would be boring and monotonous.

It is important for a cancer patient to maintain good social contact with family, friends, and people in his or her church or community organizations to keep spirits lifted and a positive outlook. Dance classes, mild water aerobics classes, park walking with friends, and golf can be enjoyable forms of exercise that can be done with friends or family. Keeping exercise and fitness routines fun will inspire the patient or cancer survivor to maintain his or her commitment to the regimen and this will help to provide steady, positive results in confidence, muscle toning, and an optimistic outlook.

People who are in the process of going through cancer treatments often worry about things that are indirectly related to the disease. Treatments often cause people to be ill enough that they are unable to work; medical bills pile up while household bills must also be paid. If the person has children, it can seem daunting to try to take care of the family and his or her health at the same time.

Exercise helps a patient not only to regain small to moderate amounts of energy levels, but the person also will have a physical outlet to relieve stress and anxiety. WWW.cancer.gov is a reputable website that features helpful articles explaining the vast benefits of how cancer can improve a person’s physical health and energy levels. Many patients feel they do not have the energy to begin a fitness routine, but if the strength can be mustered to do so, even the mildest of exercise activities will be a benefit.

To learn more, visit David Hass’ website.

Joining the organization in 2011, David Haas is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. In addition to researching the many valuable programs available to our site’s visitors, David often blogs about programs and campaigns underway at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, as well as creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer, while creating relationships with similar organizations.

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