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Evidence for exercise
Several lines of research have indicated that exercise is critical in the recovery process for breast cancer patients.1 Experts agree that exercise is safe both during and after treatment. Regular exercise can help you feel better, improve your quality of life and reduce fatigue related to cancer and its treatment.2
While exercise is definitely beneficial, make sure that you take any needed precautions and don’t overdo it. Exercise doesn’t always have to be intense.2 Aerobic exercise that increases your heart and breathing rates may be right for some, while for others, exercising might involve stretching or yoga. Weight training, when approved by your doctor, can also help you build up muscle strength.3
Tips for staying motivated
Some women may find it hard to maintain an exercise routine and stay motivated. Consider the following tips for your exercise routine:4
- Try to make it enjoyable, for example, exercise together with friends
- Think about doing different kinds of exercises to add in variety: walking, bike riding, yoga, etc.
- Although keeping a flexible routine to avoid overdoing it is a good idea, try not to skip working out for too long. Many women exercise even when they’re tired, making exercise a priority in their everyday routine
Check with your doctor if you’re not sure
Ask your doctor about the type of exercise that is best for you both during and after treatment. You may need to visit a physical therapist for evaluation or even find a physical trainer who can help you in designing a personalised exercise program.1
- Leach HJ, et al. Curr Oncol. 2014;21(5):267-71.
- http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise [Last accessed Dec 2016].
- http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise/types/aerobic [Last accessed June 2017].
- http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise/types/strength [Last accessed June 2017].
- http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/exercise/routine [Last accessed June 2017].