If you are being treated for cancer or recovering, you may have thought rest was best. The opposite can be true. Including supervised exercise medicine into your treatment plan, and taking small steps to focus on your wellbeing, can make a positive difference to your recovery.
Before you consider taking part in any exercise program, either during or after treatment, it is important to talk to your oncologist or general practitioner (GP) about any precautions you should take. Adding physical activity to your daily routine doesn’t take a lot of extra work. While exercise recommendations may feel overwhelming and some days may be harder than others, the research shows that gentle exercise can help to:
Sometimes you won’t feel like exercising, and that’s okay. Don’t feel guilty if lingering treatment side effects, such as fatigue, keep you sidelined. When you feel up to it, take a walk around the block. Do what you can and remember that rest also is important to your recovery.
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