Staying Active During Treatment
You may think that you should be resting during treatment and not exerting a ton of energy on your body however, recent research actually shows the importance of exercising during treatment. Exercising during treatment can boost your physical functioning and your quality of life. For example, it improves balance which in turn reduces your risk of falling, improves blood flow to your legs which reduces your risk of blood clots, and it increases your self-esteem.
Okay we get it, exercise is good during treatment but HOW should I be exercising? Your ability to exercise and how you should be exercising depends on certain factors such as the type of cancer you have, the treatment you are receiving and your endurance level. Your doctor will be able to know what the best moves are for you but a helpful rule of thumb is to take it slow. Maybe one week you try to walk around the house a few times a day and the next week you try to walk down the street. Whatever the activity is it is important to consult with your doctor beforehand and listen to your body.
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