Numerous studies have examined the role of physical activity and exercise during and following cancer treatment, yet exercise is not generally incorporated into cancer care or discussed with cancer patients. Significant reductions in physical activity have been observed in women diagnosed with breast cancer. The evidence suggests patients should be encouraged to exercise after being diagnosed with cancer. To get you started we have included 2 FREE E-books to help you begin an exercise program.
The aim of this booklet is to teach you a simple exercise programme and give you advice about staying active and improving your fitness. This will help you to improve your quality of life during and after treatment for cancer.
During chemotherapy and radiotherapy many people have muscle weakness, stiffness and fatigue because of their cancer or from the treatment.
The fatigue can be severe and limits activity. Inactivity leads to muscle wasting and loss of function.
When you are in hospital, wearing your own clothes may help you to feel more ‘normal’ and add to your general well-being. It is also a good idea to sit out of bed as often as possible and try to take short walks during the day. This can help with your breathing, blood pressure, digestion, core stability and mood.
- begin your daily activities again (such as bathing and dressing)
- maintain movement in your arm and shoulder
- improve muscle tone
- decrease joint stiffness
- reduce pain in the neck and back area
- improve your overall well-being
About Dawn Bradford Lange: Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at email@example.com if you have questions.