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Cancer Survivors Must Set Goals to Make Most of ‘New Normal’

Posted on: January 30, 2015

couples exercise healthy for cancer survivors | Canton Mercy HealthChatEvery year millions make New Year’s resolutions hoping to achieve some long-awaited goal. Cancer survivors, too, have to set goals in order to make the most of their “new normal.”

According to the American Cancer Society, eating well and engaging in regular exercise are key ways to improve your life both during and after cancer treatment.

Clean the Pantry

If you want to eat healthier, start by cleaning your pantry and removing things you know you shouldn’t be eating. Donate unopened nonperishable products to local food banks. Now you’re ready to fill your fridge and pantry with healthier food options.

Exercise with a Partner

Admittedly, exercise can be difficult, even when you’re healthy. During and after serious illness, it is even more challenging. A recent article in Psychology Today says that there is scientific evidence that exercising with a partner is not only good for your body, but good for your relationship, too, and here are the five reasons why:

  1. Exercising together makes you happier. How? By increasing your “physiological arousal.” Embracing a fitness challenge together, such as dancing, training for a race, or just having a date night at your gym can make you feel more satisfied and closer to your partner.
     
  2. Studies show that the mere presence of another person improves your efficiency when exercising. People just work harder when they exercise with someone else. 
     
  3. You might feel gross and sweaty, but when your pulse is pounding and you can barely catch your breath, research suggests that your partner might find you more alluring. Why? Because the symptoms of a good workout and romantic excitement are similar.
     
  4. When you both care about being fit, you’ll find it easier to achieve fitness goals.
     
  5. When you work out together, you naturally feel a stronger bond.

Want to give working out together a try? There are lots of activities you can do together, including dancing, yoga, Zumba, walking, and biking. As always, talk to your doctor about the level of physical activity that is safe for you during and after treatment.

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Mercy Cancer Center, located in Canton, Ohio, has been accredited since 1986 as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to comprehensive cancer treatment, the center offers a wide range of complementary therapies to nurture the mind, body and soul of cancer survivors and their families.

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