Several studies have proven that exercising while going through treatment can increase survival rate and decrease fatigue. It can improve prognosis and quality of life. However, it is important to discuss all physical activity and exercise plans with your physician before starting anything.
• 30min of exercise 5 days a week is ideal. Given the amount of fatigue you may only be able to do 3 10-min walks during the day. For example: 10min after breakfast, 10min after lunch, and 10min after dinner.
• Try to make exercise enjoyable. Have an exercise buddy, listen to music, and go to an exercise group.
• Look for specific programs designed for Cancer patients.
• Always listen to your body. If you are not feeling well or running a fever, do not exercise.
• The sooner you start exercising the better you may feel. It is good to start an exercise plan before you begin treatment so you can get into a routine, especially if you have been inactive.
• Walking is a great way to start and get your body moving!
o If you have neuropathy due to chemotherapy make sure you have a spotter while you exercise.
o If your cancer has spread to the bone, you have a higher risk of breaking a bone. Therefore, you would need a lower intensity workout.
o If you have any shortness of breath, pain, or tightness in your chest, stop exercising immediately. Tell your doctor what happened.