Embarking on a serious exercise
program while undergoing cancer
treatment is usually not a good
idea. However, maintaining energy
for your current daily activity
level is important as is regaining
any lost strength. Always check with
your physician before beginning any
exercise program to determine what
activity level is most appropriate
for you. Be sure to drink plenty of
water. Staying well hydrated is
always important to overall health,
but even more so during treatment.
Listen to your body and don't over
Benefits Often Include:
- Improved sleep
- Maintenance or strengthening of
flexibility and range of motion
Self-confidence and an enhanced
feeling of wellness
not realize it, but even light to
moderate walking can help increase
energy levels and boost self esteem.
Many patients find that exercise
helps reduce feelings of anxiety and
depression as well. Be sure to start
slowly after informing your
- Make the
most of your daily activities by
the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park farther away
- Go down
every aisle in the grocery store -
whether you need to or not!
Stroll the mall. You'll enjoy a
controlled environment, people and
plenty of places to rest should you
- Work out in water. It is
gentle on your joints and you won't
become over-heated. (be sure to use
sunscreen if your pool is outside).
- Try Tai Chi, Qi Gong or yoga.
These centuries-old forms of
exercise incorporate rhythmic
breathing and relaxation techniques
with gentle movements.
Gardening can be a nurturing
experience. Once again, protect
yourself from potential sunburn and
- Find something
that you enjoy.