Regular exercising may significantly ease pain in cancer survivors: Study

Cancer survivors who exercise are likely to suffer sixteen percent less pain than those who do not indulge in any sort of physical activity. Photo: iStock/shylendrahoode

Exercising daily is essential for leading a healthy and wholesome life. Besides maintaining the heart’s health, exercising regularly helps in controlling the high blood pressure. Moreover, exercising plays a pivotal role in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It significantly improves our mental health by elevating our mood. However, the latest studies reveal that exercising could ease the pain in cancer survivors.

The various health agencies in America recommend that a healthy person needs to mildly exercise for 150 – 300 minutes or should do vigorous aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes a week. As for cancer survivors, those who exercise at this rate are likely to suffer sixteen percent less pain than cancer survivors who do not indulge in any sort of physical activities. This research report was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal ‘Cancer’.

The health data of 10,651 cancer survivors were compared with 51,439 participants who did not have any history of cancer for this study. The participants were asked to mark the intensity of their pain on a scale of 0 – 10 to understand how exercising could influence the level of pain in cancer survivors.

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