If you’re going through cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy, exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing. However, there is strong evidence that being active, including strength training, helps improve the recovery time between chemo sessions, enhances mood, reduces the risk of lymphedema or lessens flare-ups, and even reduces the risk of cancer recurrence. Given this, it makes sense to add cardio, flexibility and strength training to your cancer care and rehabilitation. Our team at Haley Rehab can develop a tailor-made fitness program for you.
Benefits of Fitness Training in Cancer Rehab
According to the American Cancer Association, exercise during cancer treatment offers many benefits:
Exercise can also help you to feel better as well as offering a way of coping with anxiety or depression.
- Improves balance and coordination (and therefore reduces the chance of falls and fractures).
- Keeps muscles from wasting (good muscle tone helps support the lymphatic system, lessening the chance of
lymphedema or flare-ups).
- Lessens nausea.
- Reduces fatigue.
- Improves blood flow, which may help reduce the chance of blood clots.
- Helps to maintain a healthy weight.
- All of the overall heart-healthy and general health benefits associated with exercise for non-cancer clients.
Yoga is one of the most popular complementary health practices in North America. It is used by healthcare professionals as a safe and effective approach to help people with a variety of health conditions. If you can find a time to practice yoga just a few times per week, you will find that it makes a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.
Research has shown that yoga can be used to help improve high blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism and body temperature. Yoga can improve your strength, flexibility, balance, bone health, cardiovascular health, breathing patterns and other physiological systems. It can help decrease pain and inflammation. It is endorsed by the Canadian Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society and can help people living with cancer by relieving their symptoms of treatment. It has also been shown to increase a sense of spiritual well-being by relieving stress, anxiety and depression as well as aiding with fatigue and sleep problems.
Exercise for Cancer Rehab
We recommend combining cardiovascular, strength training and yoga in a routine that’s tailor-made for you. Try to aim for an average of 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day, including strength training at least twice a week. Strength training doesn’t have to involve a gym membership or complicated exercises. You can use simple and portable aids such as tubing or elastic bands, or even your own body weight, to exercise at home.
How Haley Rehab can Help
Our goal is for you to get back to doing the things you love, with the best quality of life possible. Adding strength training and aerobic exercise to your cancer treatment plan will help you get through your cancer treatment and get back to feeling more like you again. Our Registered Kinesiologist can design an exercise plan especially for you.
To learn more about Haley Rehab, or to schedule an initial assessment, call us at 613-422-5061. No referral is
required. Contact us today to see how Haley Rehab can help you achieve wellness.