Exercising During Treatment
An article published yesterday in a Vancouver newspaper describes the possible benefits of exercising during cancer treatment.
Though we know the benefits of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, yesterday’s article discusses the positive effects of exercise while undergoing cancer treatment; in particular, it examines how exercise may reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Naturally, the ability to exercise while receiving treatment greatly varies from person to person and depends on the kind of cancer and treatment. But if possible, maintaining a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet can help improve energy levels and reduce side effects.
The Canadian Cancer Society supports the idea of exercising during treatment, if approved by your doctor. Their website states that, “many doctors now encourage people with cancer to be as active as possible during treatment and recovery. Being active can reduce stress or anxiety, improve your mood and self-esteem, boost your energy, stimulate your appetite, help you sleep and help you regain your strength during recovery. Exercise can also help you reduce side effects.”
Find the Canadian Cancer Society page on exercising during treatment here: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-journey/living-with-cancer/physical-activity-during-cancer-treatment/?region=on