Some people assume that a person with cancer should get as much rest as possible.
In fact, exercise plays an important role in healing just as it does in maintaining health for someone without cancer — but nobody’s talking about it.
Dr. Andrea Cheville, lead author of the Mayo Clinic study says “…patients are not being given concrete advice about exercise to help them maintain functionality and to improve their outcomes.”
That’s tragic because the study also found that cancer patients would take exercise advice more seriously from their oncologist than from anyone else.
Conversely, Dr. Cheville adds, inactivity can “contribute to weakening of the body and greater vulnerability to problems.”
Exercise increases oxygen intake and gets the lymph system moving, which is the body’s toxic removal system.
Even doing something as gentle as jumping on a rebounder (mini-trampoline) can do wonders for oxygen intake and toxin removal, which in turn has a positive effect on the healing process.
A regular exercise routine (whether you’re ill or not) also contributes to a positive self-image, a confident mental attitude, and can even relieve fatigue and improve sleep — all of which can speed recovery and maintain health.
The problem is that people think they’re already getting “exercise” in their daily routines, according to the Mayo Clinic study. Gardening, for example, is a good start, but it’s not enough to kickstart the lymph system like walking, running, or rebounding can.
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