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Our bodies are meant to exercise. When we don’t exercise, our bodies become weaker, we lose muscle mass and our energy decreases. These are one of the many reasons why it is so important to keep moving through cancer treatment.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should engage in at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week (like brisk walking) and in muscle-strengthening activities that work your major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest) on two or more days a week.
That doesn’t mean you should run a marathon without doctor supervision. Your exercise routine should be based on your health, certain medications you are taking, and your treatment plan. Your doctor can recommend an exercise routine that would be best for you.
If you are just starting to exercise, here are some good rules of thumb from the American Society of Clinical Oncology:
In addition to aerobics and strength training, you should also integrate balance and stretching exercises into your lifestyle. Simple exercises like as walking a narrow path and putting one foot in front of the other, as if you are walking a tightrope can improve balance. So grab a friend and get moving!
How do you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle? Tell us in the below comments.
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