BREAST CANCER & FITNESS

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Did you know that you can reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back by exercising during and after treatment?

Most will do whatever it takes to prevent cancer from coming back, which usually includes living a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, eating healthy foods and working out 30-60 minutes a day at least 5 days a week will increase these chances. Furthermore, it will also help with self-confidence, improve your mood, reduce fatigue and of course keep you healthier. The stronger your body is during treatment the faster it can recover.

 

During treatment patients are rundown and fatigued from the chemo and radiation.

Patients typically want to relax and slow down once treatment starts, but the more active you are during treatment the less fatigue you will feel. Obviously someone receiving chemo and radiation shouldn’t try to run a long distance or do heavy weight strength training. It should be more along the lines of a 30 minute walk or 30 minutes of light strength training. When doing this you need to listen to your body and go at the pace it will allow you. Cardio and strength training will help you boost your energy to get through treatment.

Flexibility is equally important. You are going to be stiff and sore, but the sooner you can get your range of motion back the better. Simple stretching will help keep you mobile and if you’re not ready for more vigorous exercise stretching can be done easily.

Months after treatment

Things are hopefully becoming normal again. You’re able to do more cardio and slowly get heavier strength training and be up to 30-60 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.  As always, find activities you enjoy. Have a workout partner to help hold you accountable. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to be a better and healthier you. The healthier you are the less likelihood of the cancer recurring.

EAT HEALTHY, BE FIT AND KEEP FIGHTING!

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