Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN

Choosing An Exercise That Works For You During Cancer Treatment

Exercise After Cancer

There are over 80 studies regarding the effects of exercise in cancer patients which have found that not only is exercise safe but it can significantly improve symptoms, day-to-day functioning, fitness, and overall quality of life. All too often people with cancer are encouraged to rest as much as possible, but staying active or even just doing a small amount of exercise a couple of times a week can have a big impact o your health and recovery. There are lots of different exercises that you can get involved with, from cycling to yoga, but it's important to know your limits too.

Outdoor and stationary cycling

Cycling is a good option for people with cancer for many reasons. Whether you’re on a bike at the gym or cycling outdoors, you can easily control the intensity that you exercise at so that you can push yourself but not to the point of pain or exhaustion. Cycling outdoors, along with any other outdoor exercise, can be a much-needed change of scenery too, plus getting some fresh air and connecting with nature has long been known to improve mental health and overall wellbeing, which can be particularly important for cancer patients. Additionally, there’s also a link between cycling and a decreased risk of colon, breast, and bowel cancer, plus weight loss can decrease the risk too, so cycling could help you to recover and prevent cancer coming back again in the future.

Yoga for the mind


Yoga is generally safe to practice for various types of cancer and treatments and is particularly useful for dealing with symptoms. Yoga can help you to relax and clear your mind, making it easier to cope with ongoing treatment and other symptoms. A review of ten studies in 2010 found that yoga can also help to reduce fatigu e, stress, anxiety, and depression for some patients, as well as improve the quality of sleep, mood, and spiritual wellbeing in others.

Knowing your limits

Exercise Helps Lower Cancer Risk

Certain types of cancer and treatments can mean that some exercises need to be avoided or practiced with caution. If you have cancer that affects the bones you’ll be at a higher risk of fractures and breaks, so it’s important to avoid putting too much strain on them, such as through weight training or contact sports. Swimming and any water-based exercise can be a good option instead. Where treatments affect the immune system, exercising in public gyms should be avoided due to the increased risk of infections. Peripheral neuropathy is also a side effect of some treatments and causes a loss of sensation of pins and needles in the hands and feet. Avoiding exercise when these symptoms are bad is advisable.

Resting when you have cancer and are going through treatment is essential, but exercise can play a key role too. There are many benefits to exercising as a cancer patient and there are so many different options that it’s easy to find something that can work for you.

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