Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Exercise helps obese people lose weight; that is common knowledge. Many people obsess about their weight and appearance, so fitness is very important to them. However, aside from the desire to stay thin and attractive, some people exercise as a way to live longer.
Many people do not know that there are healthy and natural ways to prevent cancer, as well as reduce the side effects of even rare cancers like mesothelioma. Though there are many resources that detail different complex fitness programs for cancer recovery, like the resources from the Harvard Health Publications, dieting and exercise is really quite simple.
While life expectancy and mesothelioma prognosis is typically poor (usually four to eight months) maintaining a positive attitude and a healthy lifestyle can greatly improve patient outlook and potentially even their response to traditional therapies. Of course, patients should not ignore a doctor's professional advice, and exercise alone is not a cure for cancer.
In many cases, patients lose all motivation to maintain a positive lifestyle after being diagnosed with cancer. Their reasons are justifiable; however, no one should ever let any condition or illness deter them from a healthy mindset. Every action is a manifestation of previous thoughts. Therefore, it is important to maintain a positive mindset.
Exercise helps blood flow carry important nutrients to certain parts of the body, allowing white blood cells to fight disease. Aside from the physical benefits of exercise, it has neurological benefits as well. Exercise releases endorphins, which some people refer to as the "runner's high." Many doctors use physiotherapy as a way to cure anxiety, depression and other chronic neurological conditions.
Moreover, it is important that cancer patients remain stress free. Stress has physical implications, as well as mental implications. Stress will increase the symptoms of cancer. Of course, anxiety and depression are two things that actively contribute to stress, so as you can see, exercise and fitness is very important.
The National Cancer Institute lists physical activity as a critical component for any cancer recovery program, as well as cancer prevention. Along with weight loss, which is important for reducing the risk of diabetes and gastrointestinal diseases, physical activity promotes a healthy wellbeing, lowers blood pressure, and prevents heart disease.
Many doctors refer their cancer patients to physiotherapists who then assign specific routines to the cancer patients. However, not every doctor supplements natural treatments with orthodox therapies. Therefore, it may be the patient's responsibility to inform themselves on alternative treatment methods. While fitness is certainly not a treatment, it can greatly decrease the cancer and cancer treatment effects, as well as help patients develop a positive sense of well-being.