Cancer and Exercise

Often, people see exercise as a way to lose weight or to look better. But exercise helps prevent cancer as well as it helps during the treatment and recovery. The American Cancer Society recommends 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every week.

A study conducted by Singapore University shows 50 to 60 percent reduction in risk of recurrence of cancer cells in those who had vigorous exercise intervention post treatment.

Yes, it is true that chemotherapy and radiation cause a lot of nausea, vomiting, and many problems. But a perfect exercise regime can be opted to deal with side effects during cancer treatment.

1. Emotional Health

There are exercise groups and support groups for cancer patients. When many people exercise together, there is an emotional improvement in the person going through chemotherapy.

2. Helps in improving body posture

During treatment, after surgery, body posture becomes poor. A variety of rehabilitative stretching exercises helps in 80 to 90 percent revival of body posture.

3. Inflammation

An increase in physical activity helps decrease inflammation caused due to chemotherapy treatments.

4. Fatigue

Exercise, yoga, and meditation help patients with fatigue. The more you exercise, the more body adapts and this results in boosting the immune system.

5. Neuropathy- Damage to nerves

It is one of the side effects of the cancer treatment. Exercise helps to keep the body balance and muscles, as strong as possible.

Why do you think many sports celebrities bounce back within a year after their treatment? Exercise! It helps. Always! Yuvraj Singh is playing International Cricket post treatment. We are not recommending harsh fitness regimes. But moderate exercises like jogging, riding a stationary bicycle play important role in the recovery.

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