Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Exercise and Cancer: A Guest Post.

I've been approached by a writer who was looking for a way to share some ideas. Melanie Bowen is a blogger, but you know, like, a legit one. Mine is less than stellar as of late, and Melanie contacting me made me realize that being able to communicate is a gift. I've been out of the blogging game for a bit due to school, lack of inspiration(read: running is boring lately), and a decreased desire for stuff, free or otherwise. Melanie has written a post that I truly feel is important. Exercise is for everyone, and I think it can improve us on an individual level, which can light up the darkness looming over our society. Call me idealistic, but it's better than apathetic. I'll be putting up my own response to this soon, but for now, let's get some traffic to a good message.

Take it away, Melanie.
Do You Have Cancer? Make Sure You're Doing the Right Exercises

Exercise is important to all cancer patients, but some exercises are not conducive to how cancer patients feel. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy may have a drop in white blood cell count and can only participate in certain types of exercise. Also, exercise routines may be different for someone battling breast cancer and someone diagnosed with mesothelioma. Here are examples of the type of exercises patients should avoid during and after chemotherapy.

Avoid Public Gyms

When a patient is undergoing chemotherapy, they should avoid public gyms. Their immune systems are compromised, and they are likely to compromise their treatment. Triggers may include another person’s sweat, sneezing, or other germs in the air. It is better to have exercise equipment at home or exercise outside to avoid a compromised immune system.

Avoid Swimming

Swimming is also unsafe for patients who are in radiation treatment. The chlorine in the pool water may cause irritation to many patients. The treatment site is the most common area where the irritation may first occur. To avoid fatigue in the pool and irritation, you should avoid swimming.

Avoid Exercise Classes

Cancer patients should always talk with their doctor before beginning an exercise program. Some studies show that some weight-lifting programs may lead to lymphedema, and other studies show that weight-training programs do not increase the risk of swelling. Doctors can determine if cancer patients are at-risk. In general, exercise classes will expose cancer patients to germs that can compromise cancer recovery. Heavy weight lifting should be avoided if at all possible. Instead, patients can participate in weight-bearing exercises by using hand-weights or lighter dumbbells.

Recommended Exercises

Biking, yoga, and walking are recommended exercises for cancer patients. All cancer patients are encouraged to exercise but should be cognizant of overexertion. When cancer patients are over-exerted, patients may experience dizziness, headaches, numbness, difficulty breathing, unusual swelling, and racing heart. Anemia is another common reason why cancer patients may have difficulty exercising. Patients who have anemia may become more fatigue with vigorous exercise because of the reduced red blood cell levels.

Exercise Moderately

Cancer patients should engage in a physical fitness program to aid in their recovery. Without exercise, the immune system will be compromised and energy levels will decrease. Exercise as much as you can without becoming too exhausted. Consult with your physician to determine how much exercise you can do safely.


Check out Melanie's blog at http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/melanie/

**Again, this is a guest post. I welcome all ideas and discussion, but these aren't my ideas.

It may seem really strange to have a blog filled with narcissistic running logs, existential breakdowns, shoe reviews, Sweet Brown memes, and a feeble attempt to help people discover happiness in a troubled world, but at the end of the day, that's me. A pensive idiot who loves the world around him. Spread the good vibes, folks.

1 comment:

  1. Still inspiring people! Just wanted to see what you're up to these days. Lots, as usual, I see.

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