Guest Post: Cancer and Exercise

Just as exercising at-sea is a complicated but rewarding endeavor, attempting to maintain fitness during cancer recovery is challenging.
This guest post discusses the importance, challenges of fitness with cancer and provides recommended fitness design.

Hat Tip - Melanie

Whether you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, are in treatment for mesothelioma or are in remission, your physical fitness is vitally important to your recovery and overall continued health. While a good exercise routine is important for everyone, those with cancer, even in remission, need to pay even more careful attention to their workout routines.

Research from the American Institute for Cancer Research indicates that obesity causes increased risk for several types of cancer. For cancer survivors in remission, as well as the general population, one of the best ways to combat obesity is by getting a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day.

Exercise during cancer treatments is also important. The benefits of exercise during treatment have been well documented, and physical activity clearly helps with symptoms of fatigue as well as other quality-of-life measures.

Cancer patients who have been regulars at the gym prior to diagnosis should expect to slow down their activity some during recovery. However, keep in mind that some exercise is better than none. Medical staff at your doctor’s office and cancer treatment centers can give you guidance on how best to adapt your workout routine to meet your personal needs.

If you haven’t ever been particularly active, begin by taking small steps toward getting fit. A daily walk around the neighborhood will help to get you moving. Walk at a pace you can maintain, even if it is slower on some days, and feel free to stop and rest if you begin to feel any discomfort. In inclement weather you might prefer to walk on an indoor track or at a local mall.

Getting exercise isn’t an all-or-nothing pursuit. You may find that simply doing a few chores around the house provides a challenging workout and raises your heart rate during your cancer treatments. In this case, set a goal of moving for a short period of time, like 10 minutes, two or three times during the day. This might include standing at the sink and washing dishes or simply folding a load of laundry. The important thing is that you keep moving, as you are able.

A cancer diagnosis comes with many difficulties. If you take a few minutes each day to take care of your body by exercising, some of those difficulties may seem easier to handle over time. Talk to your doctor about a routine and start improving your health today.


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