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Exercise and Stretching

Posted 12/20/2016

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  If you have been at all a regular reader of this blog, you know that exercise is a continuing topic. There is increasing evidence that regular moderate exercise is good for us and may even reduce recurrence rates. That has been enough to get me to the gym most mornings, although I admit it is much harder to stick with this schedule when it is cold and dark and icy.

  This article from Cancer Net comes at it from a slightly different perspective: the importance of stretching and strength training. Here is the start and then a link to read more:

15 Tips for Safe Stretching and Strength Training After Treatment

Carol Michaels is the founder of Recovery Fitness®, a nationally recognized exercise program
designed to help people diagnosed with cancer recover from surgery and other treatments. She is an
award-winning exercise specialist, author, presenter, and consultant. She received her degree from the
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Carol has produced DVDs and created the Cancer
Specialist Recovery course in partnership with the National Federation of Professional Trainers. Her
book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors, is designed to help anyone undergoing cancer surgery or other
treatments.

Stretching and strength training are 2 components of a fitness routine to help recovery after
cancer treatment. If you’ve gotten approval from your doctor to start these 2 activities, the goal is to
get healthy — not hurt — so start slow. Do the exercises that are right for you at this particular time.
Remember, even if you were physically active before cancer, you will need to slowly build up to your
pre-cancer activity level. A good strengthening and stretching program can reduce stress, fatigue, depression, and anxiety and increase energy levels, muscle mass, flexibility, endurance, and confidence.

 Here are 15 tips to start safely:
Consider your environment. Exercise at home if your immune system isn’t strong. Gyms carry a 1. higher risk for infection.
Focus on balance. Poor balance may be caused by cancer treatment, weak muscles, neurological issues, or normal aging. In addition, a common side effect of cancer treatment is peripheral neuropathy, which changes the sensation in the legs or arms.

Read more: http://www.cancer.net/blog/2016-12/15-tips-safe-stretching-and-strength-training-after-treatment

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