Guest Blog by David Haas: Working Out, Recovering Yourself

A new article from Science Daily states that exercise plays a big role in helping cancer patients both emotionally and physically during their treatment. Some of the results include a better outlook on life as well as increased resistance to fatigue. If you are in a place where you are thinking about life during mesothelioma treatment or any other treatment for cancer, you may realize that exercise is the thing that can pull you out of the dumps. One of the big things that many people note about cancer is how it can take your sense of agency away. Exercise can help you fix that, so think about working it into your schedule.

Exercise is one way to get control into your life. You can’t control what the tests say, you can’t control the way that others treat you, but you can decide what you want to do to get more active. Whether the activity is high impact or low impact, or you find that you are in a place where you can exercise every day or even just a few times a week, there are going to be some interesting choices opening up for you. Take some time to think about what these options are and how they can affect the way that you are moving forward.

First think about your own relationship with exercise. Thanks to the tired old mantra of “no pain, no gain,” there are many people who think that exercise is something that must be unpleasant or hurtful. They do not feel that it is a real workout unless they feel at least somewhat beaten. In all honesty, however, it is important to know that exercise is just an activity like any other. It is something that can be done in many ways, and while it is important not to hurt yourself, it can take many forms for many different people.

Try to go into your workout sessions with a feeling of optimism and enthusiasm. This is something that you can control, whether you are controlling where you go, when you do it, or when you stop. Remember that this is something that can change your life for the better and as you proceed, veer towards the choice that best suit you. Many people find that the more they think about the fact that they can stop if they want to, the more they keep on exercising!

Choose activities that interest you, whether you are invested in rock climbing, in running or in something like yoga. There are classes that can teach you the skills that you need and there are plenty of options out there that are just waiting for you! Try some new exercise today.


One Response to “Guest Blog by David Haas: Working Out, Recovering Yourself”
  1. Great information David! Some concepts that everyone could apply to thier lifestyle. Very practical. Thanks again!

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