The Benefits of Fitness During Cancer Treatment

Physical fitness is probably the last thing you might thinks of when diagnosed with cancer.  Yet it is critically important to stay fit for a number of reasons, because exercise –

  • Combats fatigue and increases energy.
  • Increases the amount of oxygen in your system.  Cancer does not fare well in an oxygenated environment.
  • Exercise for lymphedema reduces this risk by keeping the flow of lymph fluid moving through your body.
  • Stretchs out scar tissue caused by surgery and increase the range of motion in joints that might be affected by radiation.
  • Increases a sense of self-esteem and keeps depression at bay – often a side effect of cancer treatment.
  • Promotes relaxation and sleep – very important and sometimes difficult states to maintain.

Already I think you are getting the message.  Whatever your choice of exercise – walking, yoga, pilates, cycling, tai chi – get moving, make new friends and create a fun environment for  yourself.  It will go a long way to making the cancer journey easier.



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