Winter’s done, Spring is here and how happy are we that the weather is warming up gradually encouraging us to be more active. Cancer patients should be as active as their abilities and condition allow. Some days are harder than others to think about exercising so have two plans, one for good and one for bad days, especially when experiencing strong side effects.

Before starting an fitness program chat with your medical team particularly if you have bone cancer or if you have any persistent treatment-related side effects.  Getting out of the house and taking a walk or exercise can help you focus on other things. Start slowly and increase your activity gradually. Just 30 minutes per day of moderate walking can help boost mood and reduce stress.  It is important not to stress if you have or have not exercised for the day.

If you still cannot bear to head outdoors ‘keep moving’ at home. A few minutes of light exercise, a walk around the house, gentle yoga and stretching are better than no exercise. There are some fabulous videos now including walking.

If you are going out to exercise take a phone with you in case you become fatigued or unwell and if possible, let someone know when you will be back.  Better still, take a friend for a chat and walk.

Take care with uneven surfaces, extreme care needs to be taken not to trip or fall using a walking frame or stick to steady you if necessary. Patients undergoing cancer treatment are more at risk for osteoporosis and bones weakened from metastatic cancer can break or fracture.

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