• Do you want to start exercising during or after treatments to try to counter the fatigue?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Do you want to start exercising during or after treatments to try to counter the fatigue?

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    • Kp2018's Avatar
      Kp2018

      I don't know about starting exercising if I hadn't already been exercising regularly. I think that I was very fortunate to have been doing various forms of exercise for about 40 years when my cancer developed. When I was diagnosed, I resolved to never miss a walk, cardio or yoga class unless absolutely necessary. I arranged my treatment and appointment schedules to allow maximum participation in every activity. As treatment went on, I know that I wasn't giving my all to the various activities, but at least I was there and going through the motions.

      I had a pretty easy ride through chemo and radiation with very few side effects, none debilitating. My oncologist asserts that the reason for this was that I exercised. I'm sure grateful that I developed an exercise habit many years earlier. I wish the best to anyone who's willing to start to exercise during treatment.

      27 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      While I was in active treatment my oncologist prescribed "maintenance" PT . I went twice a week and did cycling, stair stepping, elliptical, etc... Going to PT regularly rather than just being left to my own devices guaranteed that I actually did it. I think it really helped. As I've mentioned before, I also do warm water swimming. It is the best. We are coming up to between semester break though so no swimming for SEVEN weeks. Really going to miss it. I'll have to come up with an alternative. If Mother Nature would only cooperate I'm going to try cross-country skiing. I think it's important, even when it feels totally contraindicated, to push yourself to do at least some physical actvity.

      27 days ago
    • Teachertina's Avatar
      Teachertina

      It really helps to exercise! My daughter is a personal trainer so she stays after me! I go to a gym for resistance work and strength. I have been able to do interval walking around the neighborhood as well. I do core excercises at home when weather prevents outdoor activity or travel to the gym.It has made me stronger and able to bounce back better after setbacks. Best advice, keep moving as much as you can, eat right and don’t give up. My fatigue level has been helped so much!

      26 days ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      During treatments and for at least 6 months afterward, there was NO way that hubby could exercise. It knocked him on his behind and he slept a good part of the time. Now 4 years out, I'd love to see him do something but I wouldn't have any idea what he'd be able to do between getting SOB so easily and his prior stroke. He's also very self conscious about people staring at him.He went through a period after his stroke where he thought people could see through his car and see that he was disabled.It took a while to make him see how ridiculous that was. He did go to the YMCA for while after his stroke PT/OT ended but quit because well meaning people kept offering to set up the machines or stood next to him because they were afraid he was going to fall. Now he can't bend over without getting dizzy. He gets SOB walking from one end of the house to another in a Cape Cod. I think he'd be scared to try unless it was at home.

      26 days ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      During the hardest treatments, I continued to walk my dogs every day as many miles as I could and I kept up their agility training as best I could. I am absolutely convinced that that is one reason I am still here today.

      I am currently helping my 84-year-old friend who has lots of miniature horses and raises Shelties (dogs). She worries that I am overdoing it when I am hauling hay or doing anything else that is strenuous ... "I don't want to make your cancer worse," she says. I always tell her that every single bit of physical activity I can get is for my good, not my detriment. Physical activity is never going to make cancer grow or get worse but I believe it might make it better or give your body a better chance of fighting it.

      24 days ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I was never a person who exercised regularly. I guess it was a year or so after my treatments ended that I was at the onc's office for a checkup and she asked what I was doing for exercise. I sheepishly said that I walked the dog. (In my case, that wasn't much exercise. He's a small dog and our walks are basically walk a few steps, sniff, walk a few steps, sniff...) Anyway, she mentioned a couple of moves she had learned and recommended a gym. I went to the gym and talked to someone and started taking a class that I still take to this day and over the years I have picked up a couple of others. I never thought I'd actually become someone who exercises regularly but I have! I firmly believe that it's a matter of finding what you enjoy (whatever is right for you) and, of course, what you're able to do. Maybe it's walking, maybe it's a group class, maybe it's yoga at home alone - whatever works for you. For me it's group classes - keeps me motivated and accountable.

      An added benefit for me is that I feel better psychologically/emotionally when I exercise.

      24 days ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      I was a regular walker when I got diagnosed, and my oncologist told me to keep on walking. She says, "Some days, you'll only be able to walk a block or two, but other days, you'll be able to walk your mile." I am convinced that walking regularly helped with side effects and improved my mood. I was facing a complex surgery too - walking is excellent "pre-conditioning" before you have surgery.

      24 days ago

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