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Exercise To Ward Off Cancer by Guest Blogger David Haas

Please welcome our guest blogger David Haas  Family hospitality coordinator for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance!

Exercise To Ward Off Cancer

We all know that exercise is key to staying healthy and fit. However, many people fail to realize just how strong a role exercise plays in warding off cancer. In the past, doctors warned cancer survivors to take it easy after undergoing cancer treatments. However, doctors now encourage their patients to begin exercising as soon as they feel well enough after cancer treatments have ended.

A strong, fit body is better equipped to battle a determined disease such as mesothelioma, colon cancer or other types of cancer. To decrease the chances of developing cancer, healthy adults should strive to exercise most days of the week at a moderate to vigorous intensity. Children and teenagers should get at least an hour of exercise daily. When it comes to fighting off cancer, more is always better. Performing more than the recommended minimum exercise will provide even more cancer fighting benefits.

To stay healthy it is important to combine aerobic activity with strength training. Aerobic exercises include dancing, running, swimming or bicycling. Anything that gets the heart rate up and the blood pumping is an aerobic activity. These types of activities strengthen the heart to fight cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Strength training involves lifting weights to increase lean muscle mass and strength. This can be accomplished with free weights or with kettlebells or dumbbells. The more muscle mass the body has, the more calories burned at rest. This makes it much easier to stay at a healthy body weight, which is an important part of lowering cancer risks.

Choosing exercise activities that are enjoyable is key to being consistent. People who enjoy being around others may want to join a group Zumba class or Yoga class. Many communities have local walking clubs that meet several times each week to walk around the town. Those who would rather exercise on their own could try swimming, jogging or hiking. It is not necessary to join a gym to exercise. Many people exercise in their own home with instructional DVD’s or work in their garden daily. It is important to choose exercises that are fun, so it is easier to stick with the plan. People who are recovering from cancer may want to try to break their exercise sessions into two or three 30 minute sessions daily. This may be easier on a recovering body and it will provide just as many benefits as exercising for an hour without stopping.

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Thank you to all of the readers and thank you David for this great information.

Jaime Hernandez

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