We are delighted to welcome our first guest author to the blog, David Haas! David is a cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. 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. Please be sure to check out his website for more information about the wonderful programs and vast information offered by the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/david/bio.htm#ixzz1rGkhxWrR
Without further ado, Mr. David Haas!
Improve your Health, Beat your Cancer
The benefits of exercise and fitness are numerous to everyone. Not only does exercise make you feel good, look better and live a healthier life, it does things you cannot even see it doing. While exercising transforms your body on the outside, it also helps to transform your body on the inside. Exercise boosts your immune system, making you less likely to catch illness or at least be able to fight it faster and more easily than those whose immune systems are weak from not living a healthy lifestyle. With all the benefits of exercise, it is a wonder more people do not incorporate some type of fitness routine into their daily schedule.
Exercise is so vital to your health that it can help you reduce your risk of diseases, such as cancer. However, if you are diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, such as mesothelioma or even breast cancer, your doctor will tell you to continue exercising regularly. Or, if you don’t exercise already, your doctors will recommend that you start. While having a six pack or muscular arms won’t help you fight your cancer, the positive effects fitness has on your immune system and quality of life will.
One of the most beneficial aspects of exercise is the fact that exercising releases hormones in your body that fight stress, which is an immune system suppressant. Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing cancer treatments is extremely stressful, which means that regular exercise will only help you fight the stress that you feel, which in turn boosts your immune system. This improvement in the quality of your life will mean you handle your cancer treatments much better than you would if your immune system wasn’t working properly.
Exercising takes on a new meaning with cancer. You are weaker than you were before and your body is tired. Even though you feel this way, it is important to incorporate even a little physical activity in your daily routine. Try walking around the house a few times if you haven’t much energy, or try doing a little yoga. Even though it may not feel like exercise, yoga will relax your body, improve your mood and make your stress level drop drastically. Use what you have to fight your cancer; the treatments will help but you can make them more effective by making sure your health and body are strong.