Should people with cancer exercise?
Recent research suggests that exercise benefits most people both during and after cancer treatment. It can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment, speed up your return to your usual activities, and improve your quality of life. The evidence also shows there is little risk of exercise causing harm if care is taken and professional exercise advice is followed closely. For some cancers, exercise may even improve treatment outcomes. People with cancer should be as physically active as their abilities and condition allow. Some days may be harder than others, but even a few minutes of light exercise is better than no exercise at all. You may want to work out two different exercise plans – one for your good days, and another for those days when you are experiencing strong side effects.
If you have any questions or feel unsure about exercise, please chat to your Bloomhill Nurse, GP, Cancer Specialist or our exercise physiologist for advice/guidance.
Exercise has many general benefits for your physical and mental well-being.
It can strengthen muscles and bones and improve circulation; help you maintain or achieve a healthy weight; improve your energy levels, mobility and balance, improve appearance and self-esteem. It also may help you cope with stress, anxiety and depression; provide new opportunities to meet people and socialize, reduce the risk of, or help manage, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
Bloomhill's Gym Classes include the following: Open Exercise Clinic, Exercise Circuit and Men’s Open Exercise Clinic group sessions. You can pick up a gym schedule any time from reception at Bloomhill, and it is also posted each week with the Calendar onto the Bloomhill Cancer Care Facebook page. Initial and review assessments can be booked for all clients.
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