Free Medicine For Prostate Cancer: Exercise and Fitness
We have been hearing since the beginning of time how exercise is so good for us. Jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking (the list goes on) has long been considered an effective way to combat diseases.
Every kind of movement strengthens the body
Doctors recommend endurance sports, but even moderate strength training can have many positive effects on health. Exercise is free medicine!
The performance concept does not matter here. It's not about how fast or strong you are. You don’t need to run a marathon either. Your well-being and health are more important to us. Every kind of movement strengthens the body and the mind in the case of cancer.
My father is always moving
My father is mention plenty of times in my articles. I told you he has had prostate cancer and throat cancer for over 30 years. But what I haven’t told you is that he has COPD, emphysema and has had 2 strokes.
On his last doctors visit his doctor told me that my father keeps going strong because he has strong muscles and good bone structure. We are going to chalk this up to the fact that he has been working for over 70 years. He is 85 and just stopped working 2 months ago after doing physical work most of his life.
The role of exercise in cancer treatment
Exercise is essential especially during treatment and if the cancer progresses. Traditionally, a cancer patient has to recover, rest, and avoid physical exertion. My father's doctor told him that he needed to start some form of exercise right away. Lack of exercise reduces physical performance because structures that are not under physical stress are broken down.
During chemotherapy, radiation, or hormone withdrawal therapy, which can be very stressful for the body, rest is important and needed. Otherwise, normal everyday activities and light sporting activities are recommended to strengthen the body. They promote regeneration, rebalance the mind, and can improve our overall health.
Benefits of exercise when coping with disease
The side effects of cancer treatments may be better managed if you exercise regularly. Physically active cancer patients could in turn suffer less from chronic exhaustion and fatigue. You can manage your overall everyday life better. Physical activity has a positive impact on other diseases that sometimes accompany prostate cancer, such as cardiovascular diseases.
Another focus of the exercises should be the body regions, such as exercises for the upper abdomen, lower back, buttocks, and thighs. Various fitness exercises, sports or equipment training are suitable for this. Endurance training has positive effects after prostate cancer and increases overall performance.
Our mind benefits from physical activity
Exercise can also strengthen our minds and improve our emotional well-being.
- Strengthens autonomy; gives you the feeling that you are not at the mercy of your prostate cancer, but that you can do something about it yourself
- Increases your quality of life; this applies to cancer therapy and also to advanced prostate cancer
- Promotes self-esteem and self-confidence and encourages you
- Improves self-awareness and body awareness
- Is joyful, good for the mind and brightens the often-cloudy mood
- Regulates anxiety, sleep disorders, and stress
- Brings cancer patients out of social isolation, promotes communication and lets them participate in life again
- Improves thinking and memory
Always talk to your doctor
I know some may worry about the risks of exercise and daily activity for their general health. Before starting any new exercise program or routine, be sure to talk to your doctor about what they recommend with your health condition in mind.
If you are able to, getting active and exercising will help you stay in good shape and possibly help in your battle with prostate cancer.
Have you made personal connections through your journey with prostate cancer?