The majority of 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 about cancer states the patient needs adequate rest at the time of treating the cancer, but regular exercise is 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 systems. It also activates the bowels and bladder to detoxify, thereby adding quality of life.

  2. Some studies suggest that aerobic fitness, muscular strengthening, yoga, and meditation have greater roles in calming 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 due to the effects of 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.

Exercise guidelines for cancer patients

  1. The rate of cancer occurrence can be reduced by30 to 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity exercise and physical activity for at least five days per week.

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

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

  4. If you have an exercise program and you are a cancer patient, it is important to consume enough calories and have a balanced diet. This is especially true when a cancer patient is undergoing chemotherapy.

  5. Never engage in vigorous exercises as it can cause fatigue. This is especially true when a cancer patient is suffering the effects of chemotherapy.

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

  7. Begin slowly with low intensity exercises and gradually progress according to your tolerance; each individual has a different tolerance and capacities which are dependent upon personal factors.

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

Role of yoga and meditation

Yoga and meditations are best for relaxing and soothing your inner mind and to relieve stresses and the adverse effects of stress. 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.