New research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, but it can improve how well you function physically, and your quality of life. Too much rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion.
Some Benefits of Exercise When Treating Cancer
It is recommended that patients with cancer should be as physically active as possible. Some days may be harder than others, but even a few minutes of light exercise could be beneficial.
In an article titled, Exercise for Cancer Patients: Fitness after Treatment, Dr. Matthew Hoffman said:
“Exercise can help cancer patients maximize health for long term. Surviving cancer and making it through treatment are major accomplishments. Most, if not all survivors find a new priority in life: keeping cancer from returning. The latest research suggests that exercise for cancer patients may help.” There are many ways exercise can help cancer patients:
Reduce Fatigue: Exercising can boost energy, making one feel less fatigued during treatment.
Maintain Muscle: Exercising, when done safely and correctly, can help your muscle strength.
Reduce Stress: Exercising can release endorphins, alleviating anxiety and depression.
Reduce Swelling: Exercising can also prevent or reduce swelling with certain therapy treatments.
Most importantly, exercising could improve your survival rate. Research studies have suggested that consistent exercise during cancer treatment may have beneficial effects that improve your treatment outcomes.
It should be noted that with any strenuous activity, you should always discuss health risks with your physician before starting any exercise program.