Why Getting Fit Matters
When you are in the midst of treatment for something like mesothelioma cancer or breast cancer, the last thing on your mind is getting fit and getting some exercise. However, more and more reports are coming in that exercise can have massively positive effects on a cancer patient’s physical fortitude and emotional health. If you are thinking about getting fit during or after cancer treatment, it is not easy. Not only is your body reacting in ways that are not familiar to you, you will find that it can be difficult to muster up the energy to do what you need to do. However, you will find that exercise can help you gain the tools that you need to move forward.
When you are thinking about exercise, start by consulting your doctor. He or she will tell you what is appropriate for you and what kind of exercise you should be engaging in. Doing this with a doctor’s supervision is also a good way to ensure that you and your medical team are all on the same page, especially with regards to what is happening to your body. He or she might also suggest that you work with a nutritionist to learn more about what you should be eating.
If you are getting ready to start an exercise regimen, don’t worry if you are starting slow. If you have never exercised before, it can be difficult enough to get together enough determination to walk for ten minutes at a time, especially if you are feeling more negative and more tired! However, even if you start off slowly does not mean that you will always be this slow. Many people find that as time goes on, it is easy to add ten minutes here and there to their routine. This is something that can make a huge difference to how you feel on a day-to-day basis.
Remember that cancer does not need to be something that is painful or difficult. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” is something that many people buy in to, but while exercise is tiring, it should not be painful. After all, pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong! A slight burn is fine, but out and out pain is a sign that your exercise regimen needs to be adjusted to something that will work a little more effectively for you.
Find exercise that you really enjoy, and make sure that you think about how you can move forward with it. For example, if you love watching television and hate spending time at the gym, why not simply by a simple step and use it while you watch your favorite shows? If you love music, consider choosing a dance class. If you need a structured environment to get fit, choose an exercise class or a cycling group.
Getting fit takes time, and if you are dealing with cancer at the same time, it can be a real struggle. Figure out what fitness has to do with your recovery journey!