Before embarking on or continuing an exercise program while undergoing cancer treatment, please consult with your Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers‘ physician to determine what activity level is most appropriate for you. Maintaining energy for your current daily activity level is important as is regaining any lost strength. No matter what exercise level you’re approved for, be sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important to overall health, but even more so while undergoing cancer treatment.
Listen to your body and don’t over-exert yourself. You may not realize it, but even light to moderate walking can help increase energy levels and boost self esteem. Many patients find exercise also helps reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Be sure to start slowly, but again, only after your NGOC team has cleared you for exercise.
Benefits of exercise often include:
- Reduced stress
- Improved sleep
- Strengthened cardiovascular system
- Enhanced flexibility and range of motion
- Reduced fatigue
- Increased relaxation
- Enhanced self-confidence and feeling of wellness
Make the most of your daily activities by incorporating some of these light to moderate exercise ideas:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park farther away
- Go down every aisle in the grocery store – whether you need to or not!
- Stroll the mall. You’ll enjoy a controlled environment, people and plenty of places to rest should you tire.
- Work out in water. It is gentle on your joints and you won’t become over-heated. (Use sunscreen if your pool is outside).
- Try Tai Chi, Qi Gong or yoga. These centuries-old forms of exercise incorporate rhythmic breathing and relaxation techniques with gentle movements.
- Gardening can be a nurturing experience. Once again, protect yourself from potential sunburn and insect bites.
- Find something that you enjoy.