PLEASE PASS THIS ON! from a concerned friend of CrossFit
There are few things in life as devastating for a person as finding out they have cancer; it doesn’t matter if it is a common form of cancer such as breast cancer or a rare form such as mesothelioma cancer. When someone is diagnosed with any form of cancer, their entire life changes in a variety of ways. Perhaps the biggest change a person experiences when diagnosed with cancer is their outlook on life. At first, they have a difficult time seeing the good in things; they were diagnosed with cancer, after all. During the treatment phase, they go back and forth between feeling confident that they will overcome their cancer to feeling scared and tired. After cancer goes into remission, patients often feel a sense of lightness that allows them to see things in a more appreciative manner.
While the outcome is good, when a patient is going through treatment, they need to be as positive as possible and that is not always easy for cancer patients to do. Many cancer patients are too ill and too tired from their treatments to even consider that life is good and to have a positive outlook. Fortunately, cancer patients can change this opinion very easily. Exercise is the key to a healthy mind, body and outlook on life when anyone is faced with cancer.
The biggest benefit that exercise has for cancer patients is the ability to minimize – or even reduce – the negative side effects that are so often present with cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. These side effects include nausea, vomiting, fatigue and feelings of depression. Patients can ease their symptoms through exercise. Exercise produces feel good hormones in a person’s body that immediately lift their mood, improve their health and make them feel good about things. Exercise will have them feeling less tired and less depressed and it can even make their nausea disappear.
Because of this, exercise improves a person’s quality of life. When going through cancer, the quality of life a person has is more important than ever. A person with a good quality of life tends to look at the glass as half full, they believe their treatment will work and that it is only a matter of time before they are living their life to the fullest, once again. Additionally, those with a poor quality of life are more likely to feel sick because of their treatment.
Exercise can be anything; even patients who don’t like the gym and don’t think lifting weights or running on the treadmill everyday sounds like fun can find something they enjoy that is considered exercise. Walking, biking, running, hiking, swimming, dancing and yoga are all considered great exercise and can improve a cancer patient’s life in a significant way. Everyone, whether they have cancer or not, should exercise. The benefits are far too great to ignore; a person’s overall health is improved vastly through a mere 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. That’s not difficult at all.