Exercise for Cancer Patients


29 Jul, 2020

Fitness:

The role exercise plays in cancer care is becoming increasingly important. Exercise is known to be safe and helpful for cancer survivors during and after treatment, and oncologists and their teams continue to recommend it for their patients. Remember to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine, so you can develop a plan that works best for you.

1. Physical activity recommendations.

150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week which breaks down to 22 minutes per day, or you can do 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week.

 

2. Use a variety of exercises.

There are different types of exercise. An effective exercise plan will include a variety of types of exercise to have the best benefit for the whole body e.g., aerobics, resistance training or core training

3. Train for your life by using functional fitness.

Think about the movements that you need to accomplish in your life and train for them. For example, if you need to bring laundry from one level of your home to the next, start by moving can empty laundry basket or small pile of towels multiple times to activate the needed muscles. Try this type of exercise planning for any movement that makes sense for your life.

4. Remember to refuel your tank.

Hydration and food, especially protein, is key to recovery after exercise and resistance training. Exercise also has a powerful role in improving the quality of sleep, which also aids recovery. If your body cannot recover properly from new physical exertion, it can be harder to stick with your exercise program.

5. Find an accountability partner.

Another way to make your exercise program consistent is to tell someone close to you what your exercise plan is. Then, empower that person to encourage you by asking you about it regularly, or even join you. Share your goals and ask them what theirs are.

 

 


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