As April is Daffodil Month here in BC, it is appropriate to have an article relating to cancer here on Perfect Fit’s blog.
I was lucky enough to get a great article submitted to me from David Haas of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.
Here is his article, hope you enjoy it!
Get Fitness in the Fight Against Cancer
Cancer is a diagnoses no woman wants to be faced with, nevertheless, many are. It is not something a woman can run from; instead, she must deal with it. The woman who has just completed the first of many scheduled treatments for mesothelioma may have legitimate fears about her future, but that doesn’t mean she has to put her focus there. Her focus should be on becoming as physically fit as she can, in order to help her heal in addition to feel better about herself in general.
Fitness can certainly be helpful to a woman who has waged a war against the cancer threatening her body. The following are three things a woman who is going to treatments for mesothelioma, skin or any other cancer can look forward to as potential benefits:
There is a reason that exercise is shown to reduce depression; it helps to keep those “feel good” chemicals flowing through the brain. Because a cancer diagnosis can be stressful and leads to depression in some women, the mental benefit exercise provides is an added bonus. This euphoric feeling experienced by those who exercise is just what a woman dealing with a cancer diagnosis needs to help naturally boost her mood.
Makes You Stronger
Exercise builds strong bones and muscles; it will essentially help a woman to remain strong in the face of a disease that is attacking her body. Putting an emphasis on fitness will help a woman get on the other side and participate in the tug of war cancer is attempting to play with her health.
Helps To Focus The Mind
They always say, “what you focus on is what will grow” and it is a saying that very often rings true. This is why it behooves a woman to think about where she wants to go rather than where she doesn’t want to go in terms of her health. When she focuses on keeping her body fit and strong, she is investing her mental energy toward fulfillment of this goal.
A Prescription She Can Fill
The power to control what she does with her body when she isn’t at another one of her treatments for mesothelioma will be up to her. The prescribed treatment will come from her doctors and will more than likely take place on their turf (i.e. hospital or doctor’s office); but there is treatment that a doctor can prescribe which has nothing to do with hospitals or 24-hour pharmacies.
A physician will prescribe physical fitness for women who are attending treatments for mesothelioma and an abundance of other types of cancer for a single reason, it helps. When a woman is embroiled in a battle with a disease for which there is no cure and therefore no guarantees, she must give it everything she’s got to win the war with cancer.
Eating good, nutritionally sound food, which nourishes the body along fitting in time to get the body moving so it becomes stronger, is a weapon against cancer. A woman who makes personal fitness a priority in her life, particularly when dealing with cancer, can only help tip the scales in her favor as it relates to her physical and mental health.