Interest in health maintenance and preventative medicine has become a phenomenon of unparalleled growth in today’s world. We are learning to use the simple tools of health to expand and fully utilize the healing powers contained within our natural processes. One of the greatest and easiest methods to enhance healing and to prevent ill health is regular exercise.

Exercise is available to us in a variety of forms, all benefiting the body in a myriad of positive ways. Some of the best forms of exercise available in the treatment of cancer include aerobic exercise like brisk walking, roller blading, surfing, snowboarding, swimming and cycling and joint mobility exercises such as stretching, yoga, breathing routines, tai chi, qui gong, pilates and the list goes on. How does exercise benefit our body in fighting cancer?

Exercise:

•     decreases cholesterol and triglyceride levels;

•      increases levels of HDL cholesterol – the ‘goody’ and lowers levels of LDL cholesterol –

     the ‘baddie’;

•     decreases resting heart rate;

•     strengthens the heart;

•     lowers blood pressure;

•      increases oxygenation throughout the body;

•     increases cardiovascular and respiratory function;

•     increases the elimination of wastes and carbon dioxide from the body;

•     increases the absorption of nutrients into the cells;

•    improves memory and learning function;

•    increases blood supply to the muscles;

•    aids good digestion and elimination;

•    increases immune system function;

•    increases energy levels and alleviates fatigue;

•    improves calcium deposition in bones and prevents osteoporosis;

•    promotes lean body mass while burning fats;

•    increases muscle strength;

•    increases the flexibility of joints and muscles;

•    increases bone, ligament and tendon strength;

•    enhances posture, poise, physique and hence confidence;

•    increases longevity.

Regular exercise has a powerful effect on the mind by enhancing the release of pain-relieving and mood-elevating substances in the brain called endorphins. Endorphins are similar in their effect to morphine, although much milder.

Endorphins are commonly referred to as the ‘happy drugs’. For a natural high, try incorporating regular exercise into your daily life.

Exercise also:

•    decreases tension and anxiety;

•    provides a natural release of pent up feelings and alleviates anger;

•    increases self-esteem and mental outlook;

•    relieves moderate depression;

•    increases the body’s ability to cope with stress;

•    stimulates healthy mental function;

•    improves sleep, prevents insomnia;

•    induces relaxation;

•    decreases worries, restlessness and elevates low spirits;

•    increases general feelings of well-being;

•    increases inner peace and has a positive effect on the moods;

•    makes us feel great!

Regular aerobic and relaxation exercises are valuable allies in overcoming cancer and preventing illness. Exercise makes you feel great, keeps your body flexible and supple, and promotes longevity and healing. It must be remembered that too much exercise can be just as dangerous for our health as too little exercise. Over-exercising places excess stress on the body, increases nutritional requirements and speeds up the ageing process.

Try to choose exercises that you enjoy. Whichever exercise you do decide to incorporate into your ‘healing routine’, always start slowly, listen to your body signals and gently increase the frequency and intensity of your work-outs. Moderation and balance in all areas of our life is a simple solution to good health.

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