Exercise is an important part of remaining healthy and happy, physically as well as mentally. Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to focus on how physical activity is a key component of overall health and wellness for everyone, but in particular for those living with cancer.While undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, getting regular exercise can be a valuable asset to your health. Not only does it relieve stress and clear your mind, it also helps improve the quality of life.
Here are 12 ways that regular exercise could help you throughout cancer treatments via the American Cancer Society:
1. Keep or improve your physical abilities
2. Improve balance, and lower risk of falls and broken bones
3. Keep muscles from wasting due to inactivity
4. Lower the risk of heart disease
5. Lessen the risk of osteoporosis
6. Improve blood flow to legs, and lower risk of blood clots
7. Make you less dependent on others to do normal activities of daily living
8. Improve your self-esteem
9. Lower the risk of anxiety and depression
10. Lessen nausea
11. Lessen symptoms of tiredness or fatigue
12. Help control your weight
It is also best to start slow and listen to your body when it comes to your exercise routine. Enjoy adding some physical activity to your daily life by doing things like walking a dog, using the stairs instead of the elevator and raking leaves outside. Remember, start slow and doing something is better than nothing!
Remember…Beauty Begins Within