Exercise During Cancer
You may be extremely tired during and after cancer treatments, but studies show that regular exercise helps reduce cancer-related fatigue. When possible, you can plan modified exercises such as short walks that can help your energy level as you recover.
In addition to exercise, using energy conservation techniques can help you find energy to do everyday activities.
- Take your time—Daily activities may take longer to do. Rest when needed, even in the middle of an activity.
- Accept help—You may be used to being very active and doing a lot for yourself and others, but now is the time to let others help you.
- Listen to your body—Try to develop a routine of doing certain tasks when you have the energy. Don't overdo it.
- Plan ahead—Understand that since activities may take longer, you may need to do them in stages.
As always, check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.We provide support throughout your treatment and recovery. For more information about outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech language pathology services, contact 410-328-0586.