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Tips for cancer survivors to start exercising after treatment

  • Exercise tips after cancer

    It is important for a cancer survivor to make healthy lifestyle choices and one of the ways to do it is by taking up exercise seriously, of course, after your doctor has given the green signal. There are many dos and don’ts that need to be followed by a cancer survivor, and therefore, exercises should be done under supervision. Checking various parameters like heart rate, saturation of oxygen and blood pressure is essential during the exercises. Here Dr Nilesh Makwana, Director & consulting physiotherapist, Muscle N Mind Physiotherapy Centre gives some tips on how to exercise after treatment.

  • Start slowly

    Start slowly and for few minutes initially. Try short periods of exercise with frequent breaks. Don’t exert yourself to the point of exhaustion.

  • Do activities without weight

    Include physical activities that use large muscle groups such as your thighs, abdomen (belly), chest, and back. Strength training, flexibility exercises and aerobic fitness are all important parts of a good exercise program.

  • Use resistance bands

    Don’t try to lift heavy weights, keep is light. Do it either with resistance bands or light weights. Include a lot of stretches in your program to ensure that your muscles don’t sore or you don’t suffer from cramps.

  • Do warm up exercises

    Never forget to warm up before exercises and cool down after exercises to avoid muscle cramps.

  • keep breathing

    Always keep breathing while exercising for proper oxygenation. Make it a conscious practice to breathe from the belly and avoid shallow breathing as it could lead to nausea, dizziness or even a fainting spell.

  • Don't stress yourself

    Exercise as much as you are able to. Don’t push yourself; take rest if your body needs it. Listen to your body.

  • Relax often

    If fatigue sets in do relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and if you like to read books or listen to music that helps in reducing fatigue.

  • Exercise tips after cancer
  • Start slowly
  • Do activities without weight
  • Use resistance bands
  • Do warm up exercises
  • keep breathing
  • Don't stress yourself
  • Relax often

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