Regular Prostate Cancer Exercise Benefits – during and after
There are great benefits of prostate cancer exercise. Exercising and rehabilitation are critical factors in prostate health for both disease-fighting and recurrence-prevention. Exercise is shown to improve your health, both physically and emotionally.
Additionally, regular workout (exercises) benefits during and after cancer in weight management, muscle and bone strength maintenance, and also helping with possible side effects of treating prostate cancer.
Exercising simply means body movement, which uses energy. All good examples of being healthy are cycling, gardening, climbing the stairs, playing soccer, or dancing the night away. With health benefits, a moderate to an intense level of exercise will help you breathe better and provide you with better blood circulation.
A new study has found that those men who pursue active lifestyles with prostate cancer have better rates of survival than those who do not. Other studies have shown that obesity is linked to the levels of aggression of prostate cancer, doubling the risk of death and metastasis.
Fortunately, regular physical activity and exercise affect health and prostate cancer positively. People who do only one to three hours of walking each week have an 86 percent lower risk of advanced prostate cancer. Additional research has shown that three or more hours of vigorous exercise have reduced the risk of death from prostate cancer by 61%.
Exercise during Cancer Treatment and Afterwards
Exercise during cancer treatment, and even after becoming cancer free, can help with the following:
- Reduce stress and tiredness
- Improve self-esteem
- Enhance feelings of optimism
- Improve heart health
- Keep a healthy weight
- Improve muscle strength and stamina
Pelvic Floor Exercises for Prostate Cancer
Men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer should pay particular attention to ensuring good pelvic floor strength to reduce the adverse effects of cancer treatment and enhance urinary and sexual function, especially during older years of one’s life.
The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles and connective structures located between your legs in the area of your pelvis, serving the functions of bowel, bladder, and sex organs. Muscles in the pelvic floor assist in the urinary and fecal continence and in sex life.
In addition to supporting the spinal cord, they provide structural strength to pelvis joints. Like other muscles in your body, the glutes contract and relax.
How to perform Kegel Workouts
Kegel Workouts are easy and do require no special equipment or space. First, you have to find muscles in your pelvic floor first. Find the pelvic floor by keeping your knees bent on your back and your feet flat on the floor/bed.
Allow yourself to relax fully, and then try to isolate those muscles. Just imagine trying to lift your penis base up. Or, try to engage the muscles you’d need to stop mid-stream urine flow. The pelvic floor muscles are those muscles you feel contracting!
Imagine lifting up while you are contracting your pelvic muscles as if you were going up an elevator.
Elevate for 5 seconds and lock. So allow the muscles to relax gradually as if coming down an elevator for the next 5 seconds. You should be completely comfortable when you’re finished. For 20 repetitions, repeat this contract / relax sequence.
Normal aging mechanisms and androgen deprivation treatment therapy can lead to loss of bone density, which might lead to osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis have weaker bones, denser, and which are more likely to break. Hormones, such as testosterone, defend against bone loss, so the bone will become less dense once these hormone levels are obstructed.
The best weight bearing workout for bones is one that causes the body to function against gravity. Activities such as cycling, climbing stairs, and weight training will help prevent bone loss, as well as provide other benefits.
The side effects of treating prostate cancer can have an impact on your quality of life. Walking at an easy pace for three hours a week or 90 minutes at a quick pace can alleviate a few of the symptoms of therapy for prostate cancer, including fatigue, anxiety, and body weight