Fighting Cancer by Getting Fit


Guest Blogger: Melanie Bowen

Melanie Bowen is currently a Master’s student with a passion that stems from her grandmother’s cancer diagnosis. She often highlights the great benefits of alternative nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those diagnosed with cancer or other serious illness. In her spare time, you can find Melanie trying new vegan recipes, on her yoga mat, or spending time with her family.

Cancer is a difficult disease that largely affects a person’s life.  Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are currently going through treatment, or are in remission, it’s vital that you take care of your body.  No matter what the cancer, whether it’s mesothelioma, melanoma, or any other type, a fit body is able to more effectively fight cancer.  There is a long list of benefits fitness provides for people dealing with cancer.

Fitness Reduces the Risk of Cancer

Physical fitness has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of cancer.  It also can help reduce the chance of cancer recurring again for anyone in remission. Exercise can lower your risk of getting breast, prostate, and colon cancer, to name a few.  Amazingly, the chance of getting colon cancer is reduced by half because of the positive effects of regular exercise.

For anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, fitness will help reduce the chance of dying by a significant percentage; therefore it is important to start getting active on a regular basis.

Fitness Alleviates Negative Side Effects

Cancer, and the medications and treatments used to cure it, can cause a number of negative side effects.  Another benefit of exercise is its ability to help reduce the severity of many of these side effects.  Exercising can help prevent heart disease, loss of bone mass, and it can also provide people with increased amounts of energy to combat fatigue.

Cancer can cause feelings of depression and sadness in those dealing with the disease.  Exercise has been shown to improve a person’s mood through the release of endorphins. Being physically fit can also help alleviate depression and negative moods through an improved self-image.

Staying Fit

Doctors used to advise that patients should rest and relax after treatment.  Today, this advice is changing because of the findings of recent studies detailing the many benefits of exercise.  It helps a person to be much healthier and happier.  The healthier you are, the more successfully your body can fight cancer.  Aerobic activities such as swimming, walking, or jogging for several minutes each day can do wonders for your body.

Although exercise is not guaranteed to cure any cancer, it can help immensely in many ways.  From reducing the possibility of a fatality to boosting the immune system and lowering the chance of cancer returning, physical fitness is key to beating cancer and living a healthy, wonderful life.  With proper exercise, a good prognosis is much more likely.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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