There are a few key elements that are always recommended in a cancer healing program. They are meditation, journaling, diet and exercise. Research also suggests engaging in exercise to prevent cancer.
Given that cancer cannot survive in an oxygenated environment, it makes sense that exercise would be incredibly important for anyone diagnosed with cancer. Exercise oxygenates the body.
There are many ways you can incorporate exercise into your regime.
- One of the simplest is walking. You can adjust your pace and length of walk according to how you feel no matter whether you are in the treatment phase or post treatment.
- Join an exercise class – yoga, tai chi, dance, gentle aerobics – and be encouraged by the social aspect and support of others.
- DVDs – there are many programs available to be used in the privacy of your own home. This gives you flexibility of time and can be done if mobility or transportation to a class is an issue.
The main thing is to get moving. It’s easy to get stuck in a ‘I don’t feel well’ mode. Getting out and moving your body will dispel this feeling and help you move through your healing program much quicker. Having the company of a buddy is also great incentive and makes exercising more fun.