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Cancer Exercise Program in Meridian

Physical Activity Can Help You Manage Symptoms

Research has shown that staying physically active is an important component of self-care for patients with cancer. Moderate aerobic exercise such as biking, walking, and light weight lifting can help reduce fatigue and improve your overall quality of life. Patients who continue to exercise during their cancer treatment experience up to 50% less fatigue than those that don’t. This also has mental benefits and can help patients stave off symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Exercise can also prevent weight gain. Gaining weight after completing cancer treatment increases the risk of recurrence. This is most common for breast, prostate, and colon cancers. Remaining physically active during and after cancer treatment will make it easier to avoid weight gain.

Build a Plan with Your Doctor

While exercising can help you with your cancer care, you will want a medical professional supervising your routine. Cancer and cancer treatments will impact your body, and it’s important to make sure your body can handle the exercise routine. Keep the program light – focus more on staying mobile and active than pushing your body to its limits.

Tips for a cancer-healthy exercise routine:

  • You don’t have to do it all in one go. If you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, break up your walks into three 10-minute walks throughout the day.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Knock out two chores at once by getting things done that require physical activity, such as gardening or cleaning.
  • Look for exercise plans that were designed for cancer patients.
  • If radiation therapy is part of your treatment, stay away from chlorinated pools as this can irritate your skin.
  • Stop when your body tells you to.

Anderson Health and Fitness Center offers a special membership for our oncology patients that is valid for 12 weeks while undergoing treatment. Full membership privileges at Anderson Health & Fitness Center are provided, including cardiovascular, strength and conditioning, group exercise and use of the indoor track. Please call 601.553.6622 to learn more about this special membership. Approval from your physician is required.

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