A Healthy You: Exercise During Cancer Treatment and Beyond

Cancer patients used to be told to take it easy and not overdo it. But advice is changing and patients are told to exercise if possible.

Exercise should be looked at as a part of cancer therapy just like exercise is part of cardiac rehab therapy. Recent studies have shown that physical activity can help before, during and after cancer treatment.

Exercise can help you focus on being healthy instead of being sick. Exercise can help with muscle strength, flexibility, and energy. It may make treatment easier to deal with. It can improve mood, self-esteem and is a good outlet for stress. Exercise is great at boosting immune system.

Fatigue is the No. 1 side effect for cancer patients. Studies show that 70 percent of patients experience fatigue.

The June E. Nylen Cancer Center and the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA sponsor a free exercise program for patients to help regain their strength, give them energy and help prevent other health issues. The next Prescription Health Class will begin this fall. The class includes exercise classes with a personal trainer and an educational component. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Gates at 712-252-9425 or email at gatesc@jencc.com . A medical clearance is required from your doctor.

A Healthy You is a regular column about nutrition, healthy living and cancer care. It is written by Cindy Gates, RD and LD and the Cancer Center’s Oncology dietitian, herbalist and Certified Wellness Coach.

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