Sunday, August 5, 2012

Exercise Regimens, Cancer and You

For the first time, I have chosen to allow a guest post.  What he says, I agree with very much.  I think his message is important and unlike other requests I've had for guest posting, I feel that this one is worth passing on to my readers.

Exercise Regimens, Cancer and You
Guest Post by David Haas

Cancer can bring your life to a screeching halt, but you’ll find that as you go through treatment and as each day comes closer to normal, you still need to move forward. One way to normalize each day after a cancer diagnosis is through exercise. The National Cancer Institute states that exercise has an enormous positive benefit on both cancer treatment and cancer risk reduction. However, if you have never exercised before it can be hard to get into it.

If you are worried about getting started with exercise, remember that you do not have to do it alone. You will find that there are likely family members and friends who are wiling to help you, but if you want good concrete information, take it to a gym and talk to a professional trainer. At the very least, the gym will help you learn how to use all the different equipment. A lack of knowledge in this area is very common with adults, and when you are nervous about using the equipment for the first time, remember that everyone had to start from somewhere!

Remember that you do not need to stick with one exercise if you find that it is boring, dull or painful. As a matter of fact, the old saying of “no pain, no gain” is completely wrong. Good exercise leaves you feeling sore and pleasantly tired. Exercise taken too far leads to pain and fatigue. If you are pushing your body too hard, you’ll find that you won’t be able to exercise the next day. This is something that can make a huge difference in how well you do in the future, so remember to take it easy, especially if you are nervous about getting started.

Once you have started, stay started! Anyone can do a few strenuous exercises over the space of a few days, but it takes a great deal more effort to keep at it for a regular stretch of time. Make a schedule and stick to it. Remember that just by exercising three or four times a week, you can make a huge difference in your physique and well-being.

Whether you are dealing with breast cancer, testicular cancer or mesothelioma, you’ll find that exercise can improve your general health and rate for success. At the very least, exercise can improve your mood. Exercise releases endorphins into your body, and it allows you to clear out the stress that you may be experiencing. Take a few moments to consider what your options are and what kind of exercise is most likely to suit you.

Exercise can be fun. Don’t let a lack of experience and depression stop you. Consider the link between cancer and fitness and use what you know to spur you forward.

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