Staying active during blood cancer treatment can have numerous physical and psychological benefits. However, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare team before starting or continuing any exercise routine. Once you have their approval, here are some tips to help you stay active during your treatment:

  1. Start Slowly: If you haven’t been physically active before, begin with gentle activities like walking, stretching, or yoga. Gradually increase the intensity and duration as your body adjusts.
  2. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body feels during and after exercise. If you feel fatigued or experience pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath, take a break and rest. Adjust your activity level accordingly and don’t push yourself too hard.
  3. Engage in Low-Impact Exercises: Choose low-impact activities that put less stress on your joints and muscles, such as swimming, cycling, tai chi, or Pilates. These exercises are gentle on your body while still providing cardiovascular and strength benefits.
  4. Stay Flexible: Incorporate stretching exercises or yoga into your routine to maintain flexibility and promote relaxation. Flexibility exercises can improve joint mobility, reduce stiffness, and help alleviate muscle tension.
  5. Strength Training: Light strength training exercises can help maintain and build muscle strength, which may be affected during treatment. Start with light weights or resistance bands and focus on targeted exercises for different muscle groups.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to stay well-hydrated, especially during exercise. Dehydration can exacerbate feelings of fatigue and impact your overall well-being.
  7. Seek Guidance from an Expert: Consider working with an experienced fitness professional who has knowledge of working with cancer patients. They can provide guidance, personalized exercise plans, and modifications to suit your needs.
  8. Modify Activities as Necessary: Some days you may have more energy, while others may be more challenging. Listen to your body and modify your activities as needed. Be flexible with your routine and don’t feel discouraged if you need to take breaks or alter your exercise plans.
  9. Stay Socially Active: Engage in activities that promote social connections, such as joining support groups, participating in gentle group exercise classes, or engaging in activities with family and friends. Social support can boost your overall mood and well-being.
  10. Prioritize Rest and Recovery: Rest is equally important during cancer treatment. Make sure to allow yourself enough time to rest and recover after physical activity. Listen to your body’s signals and adjust your exercise routine accordingly.

Remember, every individual’s situation is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. Always communicate with your healthcare team about your exercise plans and any concerns you may have. Their guidance will ensure that you engage in safe and appropriate activities throughout your blood cancer treatment.

By Sue