We all know there are immense benefits to exercising, even if we don’t love doing it. The long-lasting advantages in building strength and staying healthy are worth paying attention to. Alex Trebek’s wife, Jean Trebek, sat down with a fitness and wellness guru to hear how fitness can be fun. As Alex Trebek continues to battle pancreatic cancer, these tips could be extremely helpful.
Some people may believe cancer patients exercising as little as possible is the best way to stay healthy, but evidence proves that’s not the case.Read More
The Benefits Of Exercise In Cancer Treatment
Rose’s quick lesson on how to craft easy and enjoyable work out routines certainly could come in handy for the Trebek family seeing as Alex Trebek, 79, has been battling cancer since 2019. The beloved Jeopardy host has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for the disease.
Research has found that people with cancer who practice moderate exercise have had no negative side effects. In fact, seeing as one of the most common side effects to chemotherapy is fatigue, studies showed that people who exercise regularly typically experience 40% to 50% less fatigue.
"Lack of exercise actually begets fatigue," Dr. Marleen Meyers, a medical oncologist and Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center, told SurvivorNet in a previous conversation about how to deal with some of chemo's most difficult side effects. "So the best treatment for fatigue is exercise. What we have to do is get people over the hump, to get initial exercise going."
Exercise Reducing The Risk Of A Cancer Diagnosis
The role of diet and exercise plays a very important role in determine someone’s cancer risk. However, it’s important to note that there’s no specific “cancer diet,” and doctors recommend people follow basic health guidelines regardless if they have a diagnosis or not.
Dr. Ken Miller, the Director of Outpatient Oncology at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, shared some tips with SurvivorNet for the cancer community on the most effective ways to stay healthy.
- Exercise at least two hours a week walking counts
- Eat a low-fat diet
- Eat a colorful diet with lots of fruits and vegetables doctors recommend two to three cups a day
- Maintain a healthy weight