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Read on to learn why exercise is an important part of your recovery …
Why include exercise as a part of your recovery (during and post treatment)?
The answer to that seems more simplistic than you would think. The answer lies within the benefits that exercise provides the human body. The physiological adaptations the body undergoes during exercise directly corresponds with the toxicities that various cancer treatments cause. Exercise physiologists and researchers thought; if this is what cancer treatments do to the body, and this is what exercise does to the body, why not put the two together and see what happens? After years of research we can now see a direct link between the two.
Benefits of Exercise:
- Decreased fatigue
- Decreased depression
- Increased production of red blood cells
- Increased quality of life and ability to perform daily tasks
- Helps combat muscle loss by increasing protein synthesis
- Feel better and stronger!
What kind of training should I do?
A balanced program is the most ideal. The following components of exercise are necessary for a balanced program:
- Strength Training
- Cardiovascular Training
- Balance Training
Every person is different starting from the type of treatments they received to the symptoms they feel. Symptoms can last days, months, or years therefore each patient needs to be addressed individually. Consult with a Cancer Exercise Specialist to design a program appropriate for you.
The Intensity level of exercise is very important and often a rating of Perceived Exertion is more beneficial than monitoring heart rate. Pushing yourself too hard can often cause fatigue and potentially decrease your immune system response. This can get frustrating for someone who otherwise feels fine and wants to work as hard as they did before. You can use a rating of Perceived Exertion for strength training as well. It’s very achievable to reach your pre cancer strength but keep in mind it needs to be a gradual process. Pay attention to how you feel after you exercise, if after a few days you are still feeling fatigued then you need to scale back the intensity level.
To read a great short article about the link between a lower BMI and a 50% reduction in recurrence of breast cancer in a group of over 50,000 breast cancer survivors followed over a period of 30 years, click here.