Thursday January 23, 2020

Here’s How Exercise Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors

Among those who completed the program, those who received the lifestyle intervention were about 50 per cent more likely to have disease-free survival than those who received the general recommendations

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How exercise can help breast cancer survivors. Pixabay

Survivors of early-stage breast cancer who exercise and eat a healthy diet are more likely to lose weight and experience higher rates of disease-free survival, a new study suggests.

The research is based on an examination of a lifestyle intervention that included exercise, diet, and at least one other component such as counselling, stress management, and discontinuing tobacco smoking.

The study showed that obesity and low physical activity are associated with higher risks of developing breast cancer, as well as an increased risk of recurrence and reduced survival.

“Lifestyle intervention might improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients if adherence is high,” said Wolfgang Janni from the University of Ulm in Germany.

“Many breast cancer survivors would like to contribute actively to improving their prognosis, and guiding them on lifestyle factors that can help them control weight is one possible way to positively impact patient outcomes,” said Janni.

For the study, the researchers enrolled 2,292 women among which all had a body mass index of 24 or higher.

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

Some women were randomly assigned to receive either telephone-based lifestyle intervention for two years while others received general recommendations for a healthy lifestyle alone.

Those who received the telephone calls were given advice on how to improve their diets, lower fat intake, increase physical activity, achieve moderate weight loss and other tips that were geared to their specific needs.

Findings, presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in the US, demonstrated that patients in the lifestyle intervention arm had lost an average of one kg, while the patients in the control group had gained an average of 0.95 kg.

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Overall, 1,477 patients completed the lifestyle intervention. Those who completed the program had a 35 per cent higher rate of disease-free survival than those who began the program but did not complete it.

Among those who completed the program, those who received the lifestyle intervention were about 50 per cent more likely to have disease-free survival than those who received the general recommendations. (IANS)

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It’s Time to Switch to Non-Traditional Workouts

Bored of the treadmill? Try an acrobatic workout

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Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts and that is why you should go for acrobatic workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Thinking of shedding those extra kilos and getting fit? One usually imagines endless hours on the treadmill – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Considered to be a great cardiovascular workout, a run for a few minutes on the treadmill machine helps in keeping the body active. But despite this benefit, sticking to a treadmill can often get boring and monotonous, says Fitternity’s Senior Vice President, Dhara Tanna.

Sticking to only the treadmill can also get the body accustomed to low intensity workouts, which, in turn makes the body burn calories slowly.

Have fun with your exercise routine and switch it up with multiple non-traditional workouts, from the Aerial Hoop to Mallakham to Body Combat.

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Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workouts. Wikimedia Commons

Aerial Hoop

Find your inner acrobat and enjoy becoming fit and toned with the Aerial Hoop workout. This full body workout helps in improving the muscle-strength of the arms, shoulders and upper body while building on flexibility, balance and coordination. It also helps to boost mental health, as concentration plays a major role throughout the workout.

Mallakhamb

This ancient Indian sport is famous for improving concentration; speed and flexibility while balancing your body weight on a wooden beam. This full-body workout strengthens the core, increases suppleness in the body and improves mental health while sharpening your focus.

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Calisthenics

This workout helps improve muscle strength and tone them too. It is the only workout form that helps in building muscle mass and strength without the use of weights. It contributes to flexibility, weight loss and endurance.

Non-traditional workout routines are picking up with fitness enthusiasts across the world– be it beginners or gym buffs. It’s time to jump onto the workout bandwagon. (IANS)