Monday, April 23, 2012

Active lifestyle can prevent, fight cancer

Researchers have found a connection between a lack of physical activity and the progression of cancer. One-third of cancer deaths are a result of this inactivity and poor diet.
Over the years physicians have adopted a new phrase, telling patients, "Do something physical" instead of "Take it easy."
The physiological way in which physical exercise prevents or enhances a patient's livelihood is by an elimination of toxins from the body through improved circulation. Hormone levels are more balanced, and the immune system is boosted with even moderate activity.
A program incorporating cardiovascular, strength training and some flexibility exercises seems to be the best prescription for cancer survivors.
Extreme fatigue can be combated by the cardiovascular training, and muscle deterioration is reduced with resistance training.
As recent as April 14, studies confirmed positive effects from physical fitness on cancer patients' quality of life. Depression was minimal for patients that exercised during treatment and after.
Making a point to become more active than you are now can have tremendous health benefits. Moderate exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week or a more vigorous routine for three days is most beneficial.
Not only does an active lifestyle prevent this disease and its spread, but it mimics a "wonder drug" for current cancer patients!
On Friday, Flowood has Relay for Life, an event to recognize cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Fundraising teams come together and do many laps around the track to show there admiration and support for cancer victims.

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