Lora Packel, MS, PT
Copyright © Lora Packel, MS, PT
Last Modified: October 8, 2012
Disclaimer: You should discuss your health risks with your physician before starting any exercise program.
Exercise is an important part of your care. Exercise can help you deal with the side-effects of cancer treatment. Once treatment has ended, exercise can help you live a healthier life.
Exercise can help with many things during cancer treatment such as:
It is important to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program during your cancer treatments, as there may be some days when you shouldn't exercise.
Some reasons that you may not be able to exercise are:
Exercise is important for your recovery and health. Exercise after treatment has ended can help you to:
For people with breast cancer or colon cancer, exercise may help prevent your cancer from coming back.
There are two kinds of exercise; aerobic exercises and strengthening exercises.
Aerobic exercise helps to strengthen your heart, give you more energy, help with feelings of sadness and can help you sleep better.
Types of aerobic exercise are:
Strengthening exercises help you feel stronger and help to keep your bones strong.
Types of strengthening exercises are:
It is good to do both aerobic and strength exercises. You should start with aerobic exercises and slowly add in strength exercises.
1. Check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.
2. Set goals. Think about a goal that you can reach in one month and then think about a goal that you can reach in six months.
Make goals that you can reach! Examples of goals are:
3. Make a list of reasons that you might not exercise and how you will deal with them.
I might feel tired from my treatment
I might feel sick to my stomach (nausea)
I am too busy going to see my doctors.
I am too sad to exercise
4. Be kind to yourself. It is okay to miss a few days of exercise. Don't punish yourself for a 'bad week.' Get back to your exercise as soon as you can.
5. Reward yourself for a good week! Think about something you like and do it (or buy it).
6. Get support.
People who have exercise partners are more likely to stick with their program.
7. How to start aerobic exercise.