Exercise does every body good, and maybe even more so for breast cancer survivors. According to experts, regular physical activity provides survivors with all kinds of benefits on the body and mind, such as reduced fatigue and improved mood. The American Council on Exercise offers the following tips for breast cancer survivors looking to start a regular exercise regimen (once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity).
• Choose activities that involve all the major muscle groups (lower and upper body) two or three times per week.
• Stretch major muscle groups when engaging in aerobic and strength-training exercises to improve flexibility.
• Before considering upper-body exercises, women who have had surgery should allow time to heal properly.
• Exercise should be avoided when experiencing extreme fatigue or pain.
• During chemotherapy, set short-term goals to maintain motivation. Also keep in mind that nausea may result in loss of appetite and lower energy levels.?
• Women undergoing radiation therapy should be sure to select comfortable clothing to avoid irritating any skin rashes or burns. Pools should also be avoided at this time.
• Women receiving hormone treatment should drink plenty of water and avoid activities that increase the potential for falls, due to increased risk for broken bones.
If you’re interested in establishing an exercise program better suited for your own specific needs, find a personal trainer who specializes in training cancer survivors.