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Light Exercise with Mesothelioma

By: Jackie Clark

Though it is difficult, a person who is suffering from mesothelioma or any other type of cancer should not sit just around and allow a disease to take over their lives entirely. Instead, the patient should be proactive in their healing process. Doing things such as eating right, taking part in light exercise and knowing about your illness may help the mesothelioma prognosis or the prognosis of any other cancer.

According to research, doing light exercise for two and a half hours a week can help reduce the danger of intestine and lung cancers. Jogging, swimming, squash, and soccer have all been deemed light exercises. Doing light exercises every day can help reduce the risk of being overtaken by any type of cancer. Though light exercise is good for mesothelioma and other cancer patients, there are a lot of people who still do not know about the benefits associated with exercise.

For many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma or other cancers, light exercise can significantly reduce the symptoms they endure from cancer and the side effects they experience from cancer treatments. Short workouts with light weights are good to help build a patient’s strength. Walking and casual bike rides are good for a light, everyday exercise. Yoga and other flexibility training are great exercises because they not only build strength, but also help develop better posture, muscle development, and breathing. Increasing energy and strength may help improve a person’s prognosis. The benefits of engaging in light exercise can have a significant impact on a cancer patient’s quality of life considering some of the negative side effects that result from cancer treatment.

Doctors suggest for patients to exercise more when they are in the early stages of cancer. This is because patients who are in the earlier stages will have more energy to do the exercise and can build up more strength. This will help patients be able to better deal with things like fatigue and depression as the cancer treatments take their toll. It is also recommended for patients to exercise around the same time every day. This will help your body recognize that the exercise is a part of your daily routine and will adjust better to your schedule.

Even though light exercise is good for patients with cancer, those who are currently receiving treatments may not be able to participate. There may be times when the patient is too sick to participate in exercises, even when they have been doing them regularly. A patient who is at the height of their treatments is less likely to be able to exercise, as they may feel too weak to do them. Before beginning any type of exercise routine, you should consult your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough and that your body can handle the strain.

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