Don't Let Cancer Weaken You! Stay Fit!
No one chooses to get cancer. The thing to remember is it isn’t a death sentence. You can fight & defeat it. Stay fit while doing it!
"You've got cancer" these words can be a life-altering experience and a start of a difficult journey. It doesn't have to mean the end of the world anymore. Maintaining physical fitness can play a crucial role in managing the effects of cancer and its treatment.
Maybe you or someone around is suffering from cancer and its terrible effects on the body. After all, one in ten Indians is bound to battle cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) that by 2025, around 3 crore Indians would be battling cancer.
Remember, cancer shouldn't mean the end of the world. You can and must stay fit while battling cancer. Let's explore the types of physical activity that are recommended and tips for overcoming common challenges when suffering from cancer.
How to stay fit with cancer
Working out and staying fit is understandably one of the lesser concerns of people suffering from cancer. After all, the main focus in the battle is to fight and defeat cancer. Getting those six-pack abs takes a backseat.
However, there are plenty of benefits to getting some physical exercise. We've explored the benefits and myths surrounding exercises. We stand by the words; exercise can change your life and ease your suffering.
Some of the benefits of physical exercise when battling cancer include:
Boosted physical and mental well-being
Improved energy levels and reduced fatigue
Easier time with side effects of cancer treatments
Increased the chances of a successful recovery
It is true that pushups are the last thing one thinks about when in a hospital bed or on repeated visits to the doctor for chemotherapy, consultation or radiotherapy.
What doctors say
Doctors across the world recommend close to 2.5 hours of exercise per week, even if you have cancer. Here are ways and exercises recommended by doctors themselves that can aid recovery such as:
Light to moderate aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, swimming, etc.)
Strength training (weightlifting, resistance band exercises, etc.)
Yoga and stretching
Low-impact activities like tai chi
Fitness tips when undergoing cancer treatment
When in pain, all one seeks is the ending of the pain. Cancer is a disease that involves chronic pain for hours, days, weeks and even years. Yet people defeat cancer and survive to tell a tale, and some expert tips can help. All one needs to do is ask.
Here are some helpful tips to overcome challenges:
Start slow: It's important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your physical activity. Aim for low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga, or gentle stretching, and avoid high-impact activities that can put stress on the body.
Keep it simple: Focus on simple exercises that can be done from home, such as bodyweight exercises, such as squats, lunges, and pushups. Resistance band exercises and light weights can also be used for strength training.
Consult with a healthcare professional: Before starting any fitness program, it is crucial to speak with a doctor or healthcare provider to determine what is safe and appropriate for your specific situation.
Doctors can help you create a personalised plan that takes into account any treatment side effects, physical limitations, and overall health.
Stay hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated, especially during cancer treatment, when dehydration can occur more easily. Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise to stay hydrated and replenish lost fluids.
Take breaks: It's okay to take breaks if you are feeling tired or experiencing any pain or discomfort. Listen to your body and take rest when needed.
Focus on mental well-being: Exercise can also help with mental well-being, so make sure to include physical activity that you enjoy, such as hiking, swimming, or playing a sport. Engaging in physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood.
Join a support group: Joining a support group of individuals with similar experiences can provide encouragement and support. They can also offer suggestions on how to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle while battling cancer.
Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise, and it's essential to find what works best for you. Cancer may be a journey, but it does not have to define your life. Stay fit, stay strong, and stay positive.
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