Physical activity is defined as any body movement that exerts oneâs muscles and requires more energy than resting, and can be categorized as occupational, leisure, various sports, household, and or physical exercise, which is a more structured subset of physical activity. Several studies have examined the effects of physical activity interventions for cancer patients, and found that improvements were made in general wellbeing including decreases in anxiety and depression, noted by greater modulations in rates of physical activity during treatment. Studies have also explored the effects of exercising before the commencement of chemotherapy treatment, and how adapting interventions to patientsâ existing pre-treatment regimen can improve quality of life post-treatment and in the longer term. In addition to conventional physical activities, the social aspects of dance therapy as a physical activity may improve physical health, as well as help with patientsâ body image and enhance self-expression. Additionally, these activities address feelings of isolation, anger, depression and fear, plus benefit an individualâs quality of life. Yet evidence suggests that individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment have loss of muscle strength, fatigue, and or reduced cardiovascular capacity. In combination with physical activities, psychological interventions are also beneficial such as psychotherapy and support groups.
Physical Activities and Distress among Participants of a Cancer Wellness Centre: A Community-Based Pilot Study: Mara L Leimanis* and Tanya R Fitzpatrick
Last date updated on July, 2014