The last thing you think about is exercise. There's a good chance any exercise you were doing prior to diagnosis, goes flying out the window. Now you are consumed with doctor appointments, second opinions, learning all you can about your options, and more doctor appointments. ...and more doctor appointments. All energy is thrown into answering a thousand questions about surgery options, chemo, radiation, losing your hair, losing your breasts, recovery time, ability to work, ports, side effects, recurrences... the list goes on and on. Did you notice that exercise wasn't on my list? That's because it suddenly doesn't seem important enough with everything else you are facing. I know, because I was faced with all these questions when I was diagnosed. I know the complete sense of being overwhelmed that happens. And I know that exercise doesn't make the list. But it should, and here's why.
The stronger you are going into surgery, the faster you will recover.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of a recurrence.
Exercise reduces negative side effects of cancer treatments.
Exercise decreases treatment-related fatigue.
Exercise reduces emotional distress and depression.
Exercise improves overall quality of life.
Exercise combats treatment-related weight gain and helps you achieve a favorable body image.
Exercise will help you feel good again.
There is no doubt that exercise is important before, during, and after breast cancer treatments. I encourage you to move exercise onto your list of important things. Not only does it have huge physical health benefits, but it will help you clear your head. I found that it helped me feel a little more in control while I was navigating the scary world of breast cancer. After each chemo session, I either got on a treadmill or went for a walk outside. I was taking charge and doing something positive for myself. It took me a little while after diagnosis to think about exercise again. Those first few weeks are a blur, but then I realized that I needed to be strong. Mentally and physically strong for the fight ahead. If you have questions about how to exercise safely as a cancer survivor, please click here to schedule a free phone consultation.