Cold Weather and Exercise Tips for Cancer Patients

It is vital that exercise be part of your daily routine if you are going through cancer treatment.  You may not feel like doing anything – fatigue is often the issue – but you will feel better and have more energy rather than less if you make the effort.

Simple walking, fresh air, and being in nature are all inexpensive ways to get your daily exercise.  Swinging those arms is great exercise for lymphedema as well as the fact that is helps reduce the risk of getting lymphedema.

However, cold weather experienced by those who live in northern climates often makes being outside not an option.  What options are there then?

  1. Go for walk inside in a shopping mall.  Find a friend to go with – helps with motivation, plus you can stop and enjoy a coffee or whatever afterwards.
  2. Head to the YWCA or leisure center and use their exercise equipment (i.e. treadmill, bike, etc.) or use at-home exercise equipment if you have one.
  3. Exercise along with a DVD.  There are many choices (Yoga, Tai Chi, Aerobics).  Find one that works for you.
  4. Go for a swim at an indoor pool and dream of summer days.

Exercise has been proven by research to not only be beneficial while you are going through cancer treatment.  Exercise is also beneficial in reducing the risk of getting cancer in the first place.  Besides, being healthy and fit makes life just that much more enjoyable.  You will have more energy, feel better about how look, and work off stress.  It’s a win-win.

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