Guest Post – Working Out With Cancer

Today I have the pleasure of introducing my very first guest blogger – Melanie Bowen. Melanie sent me a message about a week or so ago, asking me if I would be interested in posting this blog on working out with cancer. Having multiple family members who have had cancer (as I’m sure most of my readers can relate to), I felt that this is a very important message to spread.

I truly believe that physical activities are the best thing for our bodies – both when we are healthy and when we are not. So it made perfect sense to me to partner with Melanie and invite her to share her post with my readers.

Unfortunately, it is becoming more common nowadays to receive a cancer diagnosis. Whether your doctor told you that you have mesothelioma or that you have stage four breast cancer, it is up to you to seek treatment and to do things in your everyday life to promote better health. Complementing traditional cancer treatment with exercise may not only be beneficial, but it can help to improve your overall health and wellbeing no matter what type of cancer you happen to be battling. There are certain things you should know about exercise and cancer before you simply begin a workout regimen.

Women walkingExercise helps the body in multiple ways and these benefits can be an advantage for those who are battling cancer. One benefit is that you’ll be releasing feel-good endorphins while you workout, which can help to improve your mood and increase relaxation. It is not uncommon for cancer patients to deal with severe depression, so these mood-boosting hormones are a definite advantage to your everyday life. Not only will you be feeling better mentally, but your body will also benefit from getting more physical activity each and every day.

Exercise helps to strengthen muscles and bones, making it easier for you to move and bounce back while undergoing chemotherapy. It can also boost a weakened immune system so that you can steer clear of any other major illnesses. This is a great benefit for cancer patients who tend to have weakened immune systems because of their traditional treatment regimens. Before you workout, you need to speak with a professional healthcare provider so that you can make sure you are not doing anything that is causing your body harm.

StretchingDepending on your current state of health, your doctor may advise you to either forgo exercise or to limit it to very small amounts of time each week. You should always follow doctor’s orders so that you do not jeopardize your health in any way possible. Even though exercise is incredibly beneficial, it may not be suited for individuals who are in later stages of cancer or have a terminal illness. Only your doctor will be able to recommend specific exercises that you do and the amount of time you are able to do them in order to stay healthy.

Thank you, Melanie for your great post on this very important issue. We look forward to hearing from you again! =)