I have recently read an article about how exercise is so important in preventing the risk of cancer recurrence. In fact making sure you have plenty of exercise, after being treated for cancer in the traditional way and going into remission, can cut this risk of recurrence by up to 50%. According to the the Macmillan Cancer Support Group in the UK, just 150 minutes of physical activity per week can make all the difference.
Weekly exercise will reduce the risk of breast cancer recurring
And by as much as 40%. Their researchers add that for prostate cancer, it reduces the risk of recurrence by 30%. And for colon cancer, it can reduce the risk by around 50%.
But it also important to know that exercise (physical activity) is not only critical in helping to prevent a recurrence of cancer, but also in preventing cancer in the first place.
Often overlooked for its importance to our overall health is the body's lymphatic system, which supports every other system in the body, including the immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems. Unlike our circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump (like the heart) to move the lymph fluid throughout the body.
There is more lymph fluid in our body than there is blood
Lymph bathes each cell and removes toxins and waste left over by all the other systems.
And the only way to move lymph throughout the body is through exercise, that is physical activity. Most people are unaware that exercise (physical activity) is critical to our lymph system, helping to keep the entire body healthy.
Why you should not be taking it easy
In the past, doctors would tell cancer patients to "take it easy" whereas they should have been encouraging them to take that exercise and get moving. Exercise mitigates the ravages of chemotherapy, improves our energy levels, modulates our weight while at the same time reduces the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Exercise helps prevent the onset of cancer in the first place
Or lowers your risk of cancer recurrence.
It is difficult to prescribe what type of exercise or physical activity you should be doing except to say that choose one or more (a) that you will enjoy and (b) that you will be happy to keep on doing regularly week in and week out.
The good old standbys are.
Commit to regular exercise and activity is one of the best resolutions you can make for your health, helping you to age in the best way while preventing heart disease and cancer and much more.
- Swimming which is my own favorite form of exercise especially if the water is reasonably warm. If you get the opportunity of swimming in the ocean, that is first prize because there are additional health benefits but of course all venues are great.Walking whether out in the great outdoors or on a treadmill at home or in the gym. Outdoors walking has many advantages as you get ot be in the fresh air with some sunlight exposure and a change of scenery.
- Cycling is a lot easier if you have a stationary bike at home but then of course many people enjoy cycling on a bike outdoors especially if you have a safe and scenic environment to enjoy.
Rebounding is such an easy way to exercise and having your own mini trampoline at home is an inexpensive option for getting plenty of physical activity without too much effort. An exercise ball means you can have physical activity while you work on your computer if you use one instead of a chair, engaging the stabilizing muscles to increase balance strength but in a very low key non tiring way.
- Gardening and housework as a form of physical activity means you can get your exercise at the same time as completing all the household chores. A bonus!