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The Importance of Exercise
By: Golden State Cancer Centers on January 23, 2015
When you first hear the words, "you have cancer," your body and mind are are flooded with thoughts, fears, anxiety and pain. This is normal and natural. Unfortunately, the additional stress is not healthy on the body. One of the best methods to reduce stress is with exercise. Exercise may be able to help cancer patients address those issues both physically and emotionally.
There is so much research by the American Cancer Society, the US Department of Health and Human Services, The National Cancer Institute etc., available that shows that physical activity increases one’s life expectancy after a cancer diagnosis and some research also shows a decrease in cancer reoccurrence as well.
As always, it is important for patients to speak with their doctors before beginning any type of exercise regimen. Patients may even consider some type of physical therapy depending on the type of treatment they are receiving.
The one thing to remember is to listen to your body. Sometimes people who were active before their diagnosis try to jump right back into their previous routine, but because of their diagnosis, that simply might not be the best thing. Again, listen to your body and focus on what can be accomplished for today.
For this reason, we have started a gentle yoga program at Golden State Cancer Center to give our patients an opportunity to jump start their exercise routine. Yoga helps you get active and helps individuals focus on their breathing and get in tune with their bodies. Many studies show that yoga helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and also helps with sleeping issues. Call our office or visit our website for more information about our patient support services.
Breathe deeply, take walks in nature, and join our gentle yoga program! We are here to support you.