World Cancer Day is an incredible opportunity to emphasise the critical role that daily activity and exercise can play in the fight against the disease. Physical activity, as an adjunct to treatment, can slow disease progression, improve quality of life, and reduce the risk of relapse. Whatever your goal, exercise should be a part of your daily routine because it not only helps burn calories, which keeps your weight in check, but it also has numerous mental and psychological benefits. So here are tips for exercising during and after cancer treatment.
Pre-Cancer Treatment Exercise Routine
1) LISS Cardio
LISS is a newer term for a low-intensity training style, but this type of exercise has been around for decades. In layman's terms, liss is a type of cardiovascular exercise in which you do an aerobic activity at a low-to-moderate intensity for an extended period of time. Walking, elliptical, exercise bike, and other low-intensity exercises are all examples of LISS cardio. The best thing about LISS is that it is appropriate for all levels and puts less stress on your heart and body; you may find that LISS helps you recover more quickly and easily.
2) Resistance Band Exercise
While still in your room, a resistance band is one of the best ways to get your blood flowing. Resistance bands are versatile and can be used for various muscle groups while being gentle on the joints. The best thing about using these bands is that they are a safe way to fight osteoporosis and increase bone density. The only thing to remember here is that the band you choose should be light enough and of good quality so that it does not break while exercising.
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3) Bodyweight Exercise
Bodyweight exercise is an excellent way to boost confidence before a treatment. If you can easily lift your body, you will have plenty of motivation to get through this challenging period. Moreover, performing bodyweight exercises promotes good heart health, which is critical in the days preceding treatment. The only thing to remember is to move slowly and to stop when exertion starts setting in.
Post-Cancer Treatment Exercise Routine
1) Breathing Exercise
Your goal for the first 15 days should be to focus on breathing. You can begin with pursed lip breathing, which may be especially useful during activities like bending, lifting, or standing. The best part about breathing is that you won't have to exert much effort and won't have to take much time out of your day.
2) Dynamic Stretches
When you have easily completed the first phase, which is the breathing phase, it is now time to begin moving your body parts. The second phase will be dominated by dynamic stretches. Dynamic stretches are active movements that involve the full range of motion of joints and muscles. The only thing to keep in mind is to start with 15 minutes and gradually increase the time.
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3) Plyometric Exercises
In the third phase, which will begin almost after six weeks of treatment, we will focus on combining both aerobic exercises and some bodyweight exercises to increase your speed, endurance, and strength. This type of training is called plyometric exercises, where you will get your muscles working to their maximum potential in short periods of time. However, the recovery may take time while performing plyometric exercises, so keep a day's gap between workouts.
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