Overcome Cancer Fatigue through Light Running Schedules by SCR Guest Writer Liz Davies

Battling cancer can bring any person to his or her knees in exhaustion and feelings of physical illness. Not only does cancers such as breast cancer, leukemia, mesothelioma, and cervical cancer cause people to be depleted physically, but the treatments of these diseases can also take a heavy toll on the body. Light exercise has long been established as a positive way to increase endorphins, improve energy and stamina levels, and to lift the moods of people going through cancer treatments.

Light running is an ideal physical therapy program for individuals who are going through cancer treatments. Any running may seem impossible to some individuals who are experiencing extreme illness and bouts of severe lethargy due to their treatments. If a cancer patient feels too depleted and exhausted to begin a running regimen, he or she may consider small walks and trying to work up to light jogging sessions.

Every person reacts to chemo and radiation differently. The amount of light running that a person is able to do is of course entirely dependent upon each person’s particular situation, how his or her physical health is, and their personal doctor’s recommendation.

Many people who are going through cancer treatments or who are recovering from cancer do find it necessary to take on running schedules in very small steps. Stretching and running with a partner is important, especially during the first few weeks of committing to a light running routine. In addition to light running, changing the diet can also help to improve the way a person feels.

Studies have found that diets high in fruits have been beneficial for cancer patients as fruits have many natural antioxidants that help the person to fight a variety of illnesses. Fruits also have natural sugars that stimulate the body and increase energy levels. Incorporating one to two portions of fruit into each meal may give a cancer patient energy needed to be able to have the strength to begin a mild jogging or light running routine that can help to improve overall physical health in the form of giving the person more energy and boosting spirits.

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives because she sees how cancer has devastated so many people in this world. Liz also likes running, playing lacrosse, reading and playing with her dog, April.


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