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Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Jordan Essentials has launched full force into #PinkOutFridays and #GetInPinkFridays. The impact of breast cancer treatment on a person’s long-term health can be very difficult to walk through.

These long-term & late side effects can cause many physical issues but the emotional and mental issues can be just a troublesome. According to Johns Hopkins Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, some of the physical long-term effects may include but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Pain & Numbness

  • Muscoskeletal Symptoms

  • Bone Loss

  • Heart Problems

  • Infertility

Fatigue is one of the biggest complaints that you hear individuals talk about and that may just be why it is at the top of long-term side effects. But did you know that one of the best remedies for cancer fatigue is exercise? When it comes to fatigue, exercise is king! It doesn’t have to be intense but simple movements to help your body cope with everything that is happening to it. It also helps you stay more alert and increases blood flow.

Studies have explored different ways to exercise, the effect of exercise on many types of cancer diagnoses, and different exercise program lengths and intensities. Across the board, the results are the same – exercise decreases fatigue. People with cancer related fatigue not only have improved energy, they have less emotional distress, better sleep, improved functional capacity and better quality of life.

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For some people exercise can be overwhelming. That’s ok! The important thing is that you are working towards a better you it is ok to start small. The recommendation is 30 minutes of walking, five times a week but if that is daunting just walk to the end of your driveway and back the first day. The next day, do it twice!! You’ve just taken the first step in fighting off fatigue. When you are ready, you can then do that twice! The fact is you have to start somewhere, and anything you do to increase your physical activity is a WIN!

The benefits of walking are great!  Our bodies were made to walk long distances every day and so it’s happy when you do just that.  Walking is an incredible aerobic exercise you can do for your heart.  Walking also tells your metabolism to become more efficient and is the most direct route to weight loss.  Walking improves sleep quality, increases insulin sensitivity, decreases depression, increases creativity, increases bone mass – absolutely beneficial in every way.  And it costs nothing.

Throw on those tennis shoes, tie up those laces and hit the pavement.

Be sure and use aluminum free deodorant while you work out too! You can get healthy with exercise as well as removing aluminum and parabens from your deodorant.

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