The combination of a healthy diet and physical activity strengthens the body’s immune system, lessens fatigue and helps prevent weight gain.
Exercising with Cancer
Frequency and recovery are important to keep in mind as you begin strength training. Three times per week is ideal for building lean muscle and reducing fatigue. One-to-two days help with maintenance, but won’t increase strength.
Two Schedule Options:
- Full body every other day (check out Yoga FitDeck cards)
- Upper body Monday/Wednesday/Friday and lower body Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Tips for Beginning Exercise
- Workout when you feel well and have the most energy
- Wear good shoes that support your feet
- Stay hydrated – keep water close and break for drinks when you need them
- Move to the beat – good music keeps you motivated and inspired
Cancer-related fatigue is the most commonly reported side effect from cancer and its treatments.
- Get Plenty of Rest: Don’t fight fatigue. Rest when you need it. Try to keep naps limited to 20-30 minutes during the daytime.
- Plan & Delegate Activities: Limit & prioritize activities. Do important things first & decrease the number of less important activities.
- Manage Stress: Take time to put stressors into perspective and work to eliminate unhealthy or unnecessary stress in your life.
- Complete at least one activity for enjoyment each day.
- Focus on Eating for Energy: Include adequate protein.
- Continue To Have A Social Life: While limiting your social life does conserve energy, it is important to do things and spend time with people in your daily life that make you happy.
- Daily Exercise will reduce deconditioning, improve sleep, and lower anxiety.
Fact: 90% of patients and caregivers report feeling fatigued during cancer treatment