Walking and Yoga ‘can cut the risk of cancer spreading or returning.’

 

Yoga and Walking ot only maintain your health aslo cut the risk of cancer


Daily Walk


Walking in daily life is very important; walking in the park comprises numerous activities that can improve your mood. Getting out of your chair, spending time in nature, and taking a scenic view can all help you feel better. The sociability of walking with a friend adds to the benefits. And if you enjoy doing something good for your health, that's an added bonus.



Yoga


Yoga has gaine popularity over the last few decades. Medical professionals and celebrities are adopting and recommending yoga due to its numerous benefits. While some see yoga as just another fad and equate it with new-age mysticism, others attest to how amazing this kind of exercise feels. They need to realize that what they think is just another form of exercise will benefit them in ways they never imagined.





Benefits

According to studies, walking for 30 minutes a day and doing yoga can help cancer patients reduce fatigue and minimize the likelihood of the disease spreading, returning, or terminating in death.


Every year, more than 19 million people in the world are diagnosed with cancer. Being inactive is commonly understood to increase your risk of developing various diseases.

Top cancer researchers are learning more about the advantages of becoming or remaining active following a diagnosis. Many oncologists and health experts have hesitated to encourage patients to exercise after sometimes arduous treatment regimens for decades. However, the tide is changing.


Three studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting, the world's largest cancer conference, add to the growing body of data showing physical activity can benefit rather than harm patients.


"It was: 'You're sick, take it easy and rest,'" Dr. Melissa Hudson, a top expert in cancer survival, said at the Chicago conference. Now, more specialists believe that patients should resume exercise, if gradually at first, "sooner rather than later."


The first looked at the impact of yoga on inflammation using a randomized controlled trial, which is the gold standard of medical research. Inflammation can significantly influence cancer development, promoting tumor growth and spreading throughout the body.

More than 500 cancer patients with an average age of 56 were recruited from around the United States for the study. All had received treatment for the condition between two and five years before.


They were assigned to either yoga or health education classes for a month. For four weeks, each group attended 75-minute sessions twice a week.

The patients were subsequently subjected to a battery of blood tests. The study, sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Centre, discovered that individuals who practiced yoga had "significantly lower levels of pro-inflammatory markers" than those in the other group.


"Our data suggest that yoga significantly reduces inflammation among cancer survivors," the authors of the study noted in a report presented at the ASCO meeting.

"Doctors might consider recommending yoga for survivors experiencing inflammation, which may lead to a high chronic toxicity burden and an increased risk of progression, recurrence, and second cancers."


The leading researcher, Karen Mustian, stated, "What I say to doctors is that you should recommend yoga as an option to them [cancer patients] and help them find places in their community where they can do it."

She said twenty years ago, it was common to believe that all cancer patients should rest, but now most doctors suggest movement. "I think oncology professionals have bought into it."

The second study, also sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Centre, looked at the effects of yoga on fatigue and quality of life.


143 participants aged 60 and up were enrolled in the trial. Participants were divided into two groups once more. They attended 75-minute yoga or health education workshops twice weekly for four weeks.

According to the study, yoga is more effective at relieving fatigue and maintaining quality of life.

A third study discovered that active cancer patients can lessen their risk of death by about a fifth.


The six-year study, directed by Dr. Jurema Telles de Oliveira Lima of Brazil's Instituto de Medicina Integral, included over 2,600 cancer patients in Brazil.

Patients were ranked by activity levels, with "active" classed as going for at least one 30-minute walk five days a week.


Sedentary people had a higher chance of death, according to the findings. After 180 days, 90% of the active group remained alive, compared to 74% of the sedentary group.

Lima believes that anything cancer patients may do to prevent sitting or lying down for lengthy periods, no matter how small, will be beneficial. She claims that even simple tasks like carrying groceries home can help.


"We also have to educate the family," she continued. "Because it's widespread for family members to want to protect the elderly person when they have cancer, saying things like, 'I'm not going to let him do anything or go anywhere.'" We must inform the family that [physical activity] can benefit the patient physically and psychologically."


"This research agrees to the growing body of evidence that demonstrates the vast and varied benefits of exercise for physical and mental health," said Jim Burt, executive director of programs at the UK's National Academy for Social Prescribing, who was not involved with the studies.



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