Common side effects of cancer treatments, such as fatigue, nausea, and dizziness, can sideline patients from their daily activities, such as childcare, work, and household responsibilities. However, one aspect of daily life that isn’t often addressed but is certainly disrupted by cancer treatment is exercise. Whether the patient is an avid runner or simply enjoys a walk through the neighborhood with the dog, activity level significantly decreases during cancer treatments, which can have both physical and mental impacts on the patient.
Low-Impact Exercise During Chemotherapy
Exercise during chemotherapy and other treatments is possible, but it’s important that patients consult with their physicians before undertaking any exercise regimens. Exercise has been shown to reduce fatigue, but patients should be conscious of the side effects they’ve experienced from their treatments and cautious not to overexert themselves. The best exercise for cancer patients during chemo and other therapies is low-impact, such as short walks—whether they’re around the healthcare facility, in the house or just across the street. Patients should set and celebrate small goals and take their time, remembering that they may eventually return to the same level of exercise they had achieved prior to their diagnosis, but that will take time.
Start with a Walk – Exercise After Cancer Treatment
Getting back to exercise after cancer treatment is also an incremental process. Again, patients should first consult with their doctors to come up with the most appropriate exercise plan, as it should take into account side effects of medications, past treatments and ongoing risks. Walking is one of the best places to start—a 15-minute walk has been shown to improve energy level and mood and can start getting the body readjusted to exercise. The best exercise for cancer patients is done when energy levels are high—patients may not always feel up to physical activity and should listen to their bodies at those times and not push themselves. Routines should stay flexible to account for the physical, mental and emotional ups and downs patients can encounter following treatments, but should also involve clear goals. It’s important for patients to know what they want to achieve—whether it’s rebuilding muscle, losing weight or simply being more active—and take small steps to get there. With each objective accomplished, patients can build confidence and get themselves one step closer to restored health.
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