How to Target Cancer with Exercise
by Dr Don Colbert
Most doctors agree that regular exercise and a healthy diet decreases your risk for developing cancer. But what if you are a cancer survivor? Can exercise still decrease your risk of cancer recurrence?
The answer is yes. Several recent studies suggest that regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of cancer recurrence and extended longevity after a cancer diagnosis. In studies of several different cancers, being overweight after completing treatment was associated with shorter survival times and higher risk of cancer recurrence. In other studies, women who exercised after completing breast cancer treatment lived longer and had less recurrence; and colorectal cancer survivors who exercised lived longer than those who didn’t.
What Type of Exercise is Best?
Aerobic, or cardio, exercise is the most recommended type of exercise for cancer patients. Cancer cells tend to not thrive in high-oxygen environments. Aerobic exercise pumps oxygen to your cells, giving you an extra boost in the battle against cancer. If you are tired, divide your exercise into shorter spurts throughout the day.
Jogging, swimming, walking and bicycling are all good forms of aerobic exercise, but one form in particular is highly recommended for cancer patients — rebounding. Rebounding, or bouncing on a mini trampoline, has all the benefits of aerobic exercise with one important added benefit – its positive effect on the body’s lymphatic system.
One of the important functions of the lymphatic system is to carry toxins away from the body’s cells to be eliminated by the body as waste. A clear fluid called lymph carries the toxins through the veins on a one-way path toward elimination. In route, the lymph passes through many filters, called lymph nodes, where white blood cells attack the toxins. Unlike blood which is pumped by the heart, lymph fluid relies on bodily movement and exercise to drive it through the lymphatic system. In a sedentary body, lymph fluid will become slow-moving and the lymph nodes will become clogged and lose their filtering ability. This can result in toxins becoming trapped in the body, creating a toxic overload and contributing to the onset of disease.
Rebounding on a mini trampoline is known to help flush the entire lymphatic system, resulting in a stronger immune system in just a few minutes a day.