Exercise key for cancer patients: Improved mood, reduced fatigue, lower risk among benefits

Michelle Graham

More individuals than ever are seeking healthy lifestyle programs. Cancer patients and survivors are a very interesting and complex population seeking to maintain good health. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with many individuals who were either fighting cancer or fighting to stay cancer free.

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, frightening and downright depressing. Fear of the unknown during a cancer diagnosis looms heavily. But there can be hope during this time of crisis. Exercise can be key in the treatment of cancer on many levels. A person’s social, physical and mental well-being can each be treated and embraced through a good exercise program during and after a cancer diagnosis.

The fact that exercise and proper eating can prevent certain cancers is well documented. According to Dr. Kerry Courneya, a cancer researcher at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, recent studies show that higher levels of physical activity are associated with a reduced risk of recurrence of some cancers. This is great news for those diagnosed and affirms that it is never too late to get started on a good, well-rounded program tailored to your needs. [Read more…]

Maintain hydration during exercise: From joint health to sun exposure, Dr. Maja Gray has answers

Dr. Maya Lundborg-Gray, M.D.

What are some easy ways to get in exercise now that summer weather is here?
First, change your mindset. Don’t look at exercise as exercise. Think of exercise as leading an active lifestyle, which you could do solo or with your family and friends. Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that uses energy. Performing active chores at home such as walking the dog instead of letting the dog out and doing yard work are ways we each do this already. If you are fortunate, walk or bike to work. Now that the sun is out and weather is warm get outside and move. [Read more…]