Can you Exercise if you have Cancer?

Historically, people with conditions such as cancer were told to rest and be less active. This advice holds true for people with medical reasons not to exercise, such as significant problems with their heart. However new research tells us that not only is exercising with cancer safe, but it can improve your emotional and physical wellbeing.

How does exercise help?

People have reported a wide range of benefits from exercise, these include…

  • Maintaining your ability to do day to day things independently
  • Improve your balance, reducing your risk of falls
  • Stop muscles becoming weak
  • Reducing your risk of heart disease and blood clots
  • Improve your mood, making you feel less depressed or anxious
  • Give you a good opportunity to see other people
  • Help you control your weight

Exercise that’s right for you

It is important to exercise in a way that feels right for you. Some people choose to do exercises at home, while others chose to attend a group or go to the gym. For others, going for a walk is more beneficial. Your doctor or specialist nurse can tell you about groups that are available locally. 

Professionals can also advise you on the right intensity and type of exercise for you. It is important to discuss an exercise plan with a professional to make sure it’s right for you. Sometimes you may have other medical issues that need to be considered before starting exercise.

At Severn Physiotherapy, we can offer a specific treatment programme that fits around your needs. Get in touch to talk about your needs or take a look at our webpage for more details.

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