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    Tips for staying fit when dealing with cancer?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Monday, November 28, 2011

    Tips for staying fit when dealing with cancer?

    Staying fit is difficult enough in the best of times, but can be extra challenging when dealing with cancer. What have you done to either keep up your strength or to try to get in better shape while dealing with treatments? Do the December holidays present any unique challenges? How will you deal with them?

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    • leesabee's Avatar

      If the weather isn't too blustery and if you are feeling okay to step outside take a walk to the end of your street and back. I also am on a bowling league so I get a little bit of weightlifting in with my bowling ball. It also helps me with leg strength.

      If you cant get outside, put your favorite music on and dance up a storm!!!!Put on some line dancing music . From the Electric Slide to the Boot Scootin Boogie get up and do whatever makes you feel good.

      almost 5 years ago
    • oldgreycoach's Avatar

      I was doing water aerobics at the local Y (me and 20 young senior ladies in the pool) to help recover from my bone cancer surgery.

      When the cancer came back in my kidney and I went on the study drug I'm on now, the docs asked me to slow down a bit, they really wanted me to keep my heart rate where it was and the BP down. These are both side effects of the drug.

      When I asked about maybe loosing weight they told me to wait a while to see what the drug does. We agreed that I should watch what I eat but not go on a major diet.

      I really want to get back to the Y but will have to wait until I complete 2 - 4 week cycles of the drug. If everything is OK I will go back to being the old man in the pool :-)

      almost 5 years ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar

      Hormone treatment for prostate cancer is known to cause both osteoporosis and loss of muscle. As soon as I started the hormone treatment I met with a dietician to help make sure I eat healthy. I also met with a personal trainer to develop an exercise routine specifically designed to counter the effects of the hormones, both bone and muscle loss. Prior to diagnosis, I was already walking for cardio benefit. I make every effort to continue this program even now that I'm finished with both the radiation and hormone treatments.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ymac's Avatar

      This is not an answer, just a more specific question. I had a bilateral mastectomy 2 weeks ago with 13 lymph nodes taken out from one side. I have been given the simple arm exercises to help prevent lymphadema and to make sure i will have good arm/shoulder movement in the future. However, I was am active runner prior to the surgery. Right now, just walking around the block tires me out! I'm also going to be going through chemo and radiation in the near future. What can I do to stay fit - will I be able to resume running at some point in the near future and while going thru chemo/radiation?? I feel like such a lump right now!

      almost 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      ymac - i believe the answer is YES YES YES!!!!! just start slowly. your first workout should probably be walk/run... and then build from there.

      i race bikes, and i've been riding my bicycle EVERY DAY! i always feel better. my mental outlook always improves. my tummy always feels better. i feel like i might hang on to some muscle mass this way.... some days, i don't ride much... other days, i might ride quite a long time. so, as soon as you are cleared to run.... DO IT!!!! do it do it do it!!!! and just think, you won't need a bra!!!! seriously... isn't that kind of cool? ok - i'd rather not be dealing with this either, but i'm also doing the bilateral mx, and i'm looking forward to never needing a bra again!


      almost 5 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar

      I have found golf to be really helpful in staying fit when dealing with cancer. I beleive for the psychosocial aspect of being around other people community sports help build self-esteem and creates additional support systems.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      I decided to make myself (my mind and my body) available to anything (positive). Walking my tono (Akita ken) around the main st., or jogging (very slow!) into the woods are the most therapeutic activities so far. I was a p90x fan before, but I cannot do that for a bit. So I modified my activities. Every time I feel like I can't do, Leepenn's profile pic comes up - "don't stop, keep going". So I do. I add longer resting times and eat much more protein.
      Other great thing to do is to keep your core tight - which you can do while driving or blogging. Many exercises requires "strong core" - squeeze for 10 sec and repeat 10 times. Repeat a couple of times everyday. Trust me - you will thank me when you try your Jeans! ymac, I will know more later this week, whether I need chemo in addition to radiation. please keep us posted.

      almost 5 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I am a swimmer but with continous chemo, I wasn't able to swim for a while. Instead I walked and did Wii Yoga. I also enjoy hiking and though I slowed my pace a bit, I didn't shorten my distance. I did bring more snacks though! I also enjoy riding my bicycle long distances. I just got a trainer so I can ride my bike this winter inside. I am really excited about it because I don't have to worry about going too far and not being able to get back home.

      I found I was able to get a really good nights sleep on the days I exercised. There is nothing like a really good deep sleep!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Indyeastside's Avatar

      Go to the gym every day, work out hard. Weight lifting to strengthen the bones. Still have not learned how to not eat too much-but on it.

      almost 5 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      I was a runner 'before'. Tumors in the sacrum keep me from any high impact exercise. I'm fortunate to work at a university that has a exercise center available to employees for a small fee. I regularly use the eliptical machine and get almost as much of a workout as I did when I ran.

      I also think of exercise as part of my treatment regimen. I don't skip taking vitamins or going to chemo, so I don't skip my exercise either.

      almost 5 years ago
    • PetraW's Avatar

      I have always loved swimming and that's what I did during chemo. I went swimming as often as possible. I went through chemo this last summer and since my kids were on the swim team we went to the pool almost every day after school. It was like meditation to me - being in the water and also the rhythm of the movements. I am a breast stroker. I worked my way up to 30 lengths. It helped me to stay sane and not tumble into depression. Swimming also helped me to get back most of my mobility in my arm, which was quite decreased because of the mastectomy and axillary dissection. I have my full motion back, although the arm is not quite as strong as before. Accomplishing the 30 lengths was also a goal that kept me going, I wanted to make it and I was able to achieve it most days. Usually after the chemo treatment I would start back up with the swimming after the 4th or 5th day.

      almost 5 years ago

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