The benefits of exercise for breast cancer

May 14, 2022

When can I start exercising?

It's not a good idea to start a strenuous fitness routine while you're just starting your treatment. You'll need some time to figure out how your body feels; some days will be more energetic than others. If you've always exercised and it's already a part of your daily routine, you may keep it up and adjust as needed. Don't be hesitant to scale back as needed, and make sure you listen to your body and get enough rest (very likely more rest than you are used to).

Walking would be a fantastic choice for those who are new to exercise. Getting outside every day has many benefits beyond physical activity; you'll get fresh air, enjoy nature, and most likely sleep better that night. You can walk alone, getting some much-needed time to ponder and recharge, or you can walk with a friend or family member, sharing the experience.

You will be able to undertake more – and various – types of exercise as you recover from treatment and breast cancer. You can develop objectives depending on your recovery; in fact, some people find that setting goals for the future motivate them to defeat cancer.

What kind of exercise should I do?

To be honest, finding something you enjoy is the most crucial thing. You should practice a combination of cardiovascular and resistance training or exercises that work your muscles, such as walking, jogging, or anything that gets your heart pumping quicker. Weightlifting and calisthenics are two examples of resistance training (using your body weight). Yoga or Pilates are other good choices.

But the truth is that there will be days when all you can accomplish is a slow walk around your house and maybe some arm or leg raises from your couch – and those are the days when you should just do those things. Listen to your body and remember that any form of exercise is preferable to none.

It's also critical to consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen – and to find a qualified coach to assist you at the gym. You must avoid overdoing it and ensure that you are practicing workouts properly and correctly.

Another thing to consider is that you may be more susceptible to infection during chemotherapy, so talk to your doctor about the hazards of going to a public gym or swimming pool.

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How much exercise should I do?

This will differ widely from person to person, as well as from day to day for each individual. Allow your body to lead you; try to move every day, but be aware of how you feel and how much energy you have. Don't be discouraged if you have to stop five minutes after you begin some days; there will be days when you can accomplish much more than you anticipated!

A morning stroll may be sufficient for some people, while others may still go to the gym four times per week. Don't compare your cancer journey to anyone else's because it's a highly personal and unique experience for everyone. Remember that, no matter how fantastic you feel, your body (not to mention your mind) is still under a lot of stress, so be gentle to yourself and do what you can.

What should I do next?

If you're overwhelmed by too many alternatives and don't know where to begin, ATP Personal Training can help take the guesswork out of your workout routine by creating a completely customized fitness program and leading you through each exercise with perfect form every time you visit the private gym.

Our knowledgeable coaches may also provide nutritional advice and, most importantly, challenge you to the point where you feel accomplished without becoming exhausted. Why not come in for a free initial consultation and let us help you relax at what may be a stressful time?

Other benefits of regular exercise

* Assisting in the reduction or avoidance of various cancer treatment side effects, such as tiredness, weight gain, osteoporosis, and lymphoedema (swelling in your arms or legs caused by a blockage to your lymphatic system)

* Improving your mood and mental wellness by reducing stress and anxiety and alleviating certain depression symptoms

* Keeping or minimizing muscular tone loss that can occur during treatment

* Maintaining general fitness in order to feel more alert and capable.

* Reduce your risk of heart attacks and strokes by improving your long-term health.

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