Today I’m featuring a guest post written by Melanie Bowen.
Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics.
I hope you enjoy her post, and as always, please leave your comments below.
When people are dealing with a chronic or terminal health condition, the last thing on their minds is whether or not they should exercise and improve their fitness levels. However, exercise is precisely what doctors recommend for many of their seriously ill patients. Doctors know firsthand that exercising for any patient helps that individual improve their physical and mental fitness. However, this improvement proves to be more critical for patients who are being treated for a chronic or terminal illness.
In fact, scientific research has shown that people who exercise regularly during treatments for cancers like mesothelioma can improve their overall life expectancy. When an ill person exercises, he or she is able to experience an empowerment over his or her own body. Many times, as a person goes through treatment, that patient begins to feel helpless over what is happening to his or her body. However, exercising lets people reclaim power and control over their bodies. They have the power to exercise as much as they want; they decide what activities to engage in and how strenuous they want to their movements to be. In order to begin healing the body one must heal the mind.
Patients also find a sort of mental escape when they exercise. Many patients report that they let their minds wander and they often focus on better topics than their conditions or their treatments. Some physicians recommend that people listen to music or watch television as they exercise. This distraction helps them find the mental release that often proves to be imperative to their ability to stay in control of their mental and emotional health.
Indeed, many gyms and workout centers offer these amenities to clients. However, some patients who are undergoing demanding treatments often do not feel up to exercising away from their own homes. Going through drug therapies and radiation treatments often takes a detrimental toll on a person’s appearance and individuals may feel more comfortable working at their own pace and in their own comfort zones. Where weight or loss can occur from possible steroids in medication, it is important to maintain a balance body. Exercising at home also allows for substantial rest periods, which is why many patients feel better if they exercise at home.
Even if they do not have in-home physical therapy, people can still work out at home. A person can make a exercise routine out of walking up and down a hallway or up and down a small flight of stairs. They can become more flexible by bending over when they make a bed. Any normal household activity can be altered to make a workout exercise from it.
Even the smallest amount of physical exercise serves to benefit terminal or chronically ill patients. It improves their physical and mental well-being.