Strength Training for Your Recovery

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 Registered Kinesiologist at Haley Rehab can develop a tailor-made fitness program for you.

Benefits of strength training in cancer rehab

According to the American Cancer Association, exercise during cancer treatment offers many benefits:
  • 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.
Exercise can also help you to feel better as well as offering a way of coping with anxiety or depression.

Exercise for cancer rehab

We recommend combining cardiovascular, flexibility and strength training 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.