A1) Back Squat 12/12/12/10/10
A2) Toes to Bar 8/8/8/8/8
B1) KB Swing (70#/53#) 2 Minutes Max Reps 3 Sets
Rest 2-3 minutes between sets
B2) Sit ups-Max Reps in 1 Minute 3 sets
The Various Benefits of Fitness While Going Through Cancer
By Guest Blogger David Haas
Chemotherapy leaves cancer patients feeling extremely fatigued. Additionally, the radiation therapy sessions can hurt healthy tissues, cells and muscles. Because of this, fitness has various benefits for cancer patients.
Studies have linked fitness to better health within cancer patients. Though exercise cannot cure the cancerous cells, patients admit that their exercise routine helps them cope with the treatment and recovery process.
One major side effect of treatment is fatigue and insomnia. Cancer patients have no energy, yet cannot easily sleep. However, patients who engage in regular physical activity report having more energy, as well as getting quality rest.
The primary reason why physical activity increase energy is because it essentially tears down the various muscle groups, which forces the body to work to rebuild them. This is a natural process that starts during infancy, and once the body recognizes strained or torn muscles, it forces itself to shut down to help rebuild them. This allows patients to sleep. Once the muscles are healed, the blood flow kicks into high gear, thus improving energy levels.
Any form of physical activity can release neurological hormones, called endorphins. These hormones create an effect that is known as "the runner's high." These hormones are known to help people stay positive or have an optimistic outlook on their own perspective and their current situation or environment.
However, most people assume that it is perfectly alright for cancer patients to feel pessimistic or anxious. While they certainly have a right to feel that way, they should also understand that there are benefits to remaining optimistic, whether someone is going through chemotherapy or rare mesothelioma treatment. For example, unrelated studies prove that optimistic people are typically healthier and heal faster than pessimistic people. Among other things, having a positive outlook on their current situation can help cancer patients cope with their condition.
Chemotherapy and surgery not only leave patients fatigued, they also leave painful and discomforting side effects. However, engaging in regular physical activity can relieve the pain caused by treatment. Experts suggest stretches and aerobic exercises to help alleviate pain symptoms.
Again, exercise is not a substitute for professional treatment, but it is a beneficial aid. This article also explains the specific benefits of cancer per type of cancer.