Exercise guidelines for cancer patients

1. 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity exercise and physical activity for at least five days per week can bring down the rate of cancer occurrence.

2. Exercise is highly recommended before, during and after the cancer treatments, because each phase has got its own benefits by energizing the immune system.

3. But be cautious if you are a diabetic and hypertensive. Make sure to get advice from professional therapists.

4. Have enough calories and balanced diet when you’re on exercise program as a cancer patient, it is especially true in case of chemotherapy.

5. Never go for vigorous exercises as it can cause fatigue combined with the effects of chemotherapy.

6. Pre-exercise screening is very necessary to check your tolerance and also to identify any signs of further risks in terms of medical illness and complications due to
exercise itself.

7. Begin slow with low intensity type of exercises and gradually progress according to your tolerance, each individual has got different tolerance and capacities
depending upon the personal factors.

8. Never force yourself when you feel exhausted and never stop the program abruptly. Maintain on a disciplined schedule.

Role of yoga and meditation  

Yoga and meditations are best in relaxing and soothing your inner mind and bring down all stresses and their adverse effects. Carcinogens become inert if you keep
working on yoga for at least 45 minutes a day. Meditation usually acts effectively against depression, stress, anxiety and emotional disorders as these can be the
greater risk factors in cancer.


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Majority of the cancer disorders are based on lifestyle, thus  
cancer is preventable! Lifestyle modification plays a major role
in preventing cancer. When talking about lifestyle, exercise and
its systematic applications on our body and mind are one of the
most important ones to stay healthy. Most of the literature
depicts that, you need adequate rest at the time of treating
the cancer, but regular exercises are the best way to prevent
cancer through managing carcinogens by keeping them within
the limit.

Benefits of an exercise program for cancer patients

1. Exercises of various types will improve your physical condition by activating your systems such as respiratory and digestive. It
also activates bowel and bladder to detoxify, thereby adding quality of life.

2. Some studies suggest that aerobic fitness, muscular strengthening, yoga, meditation, etc have greater roles in calming down the
mind and body, thereby reducing stress and risk of carcinogenic activity in the body.

3. Exercise is also a major factor that can help to reduce fatigue, depression and muscle weakness due to the effects of cancer as
well as chemotherapy.

4. Bodily exercises help boosting the lymphatic and circulatory systems. Improvement of lymphatic and circulatory systems
encourage the production of white blood cells to fight against cancer cells.



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