Everyone should do a regular amount of exercise weekly. But sometimes, there’s little motivation do to it, especially after being diagnosed with breast cancer and initiating cancer treatments (that may include medication, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy). Breast cancer treatments can wear you out, make you tired and ill, and not in the mood for exercising, but it’s really important that you fight against those feelings. Even if you just do a small amount of physical activity, it’s already a big step towards your recovery.
Here’s a list of six, simple and of moderate intensity physical activities and types of exercise you could try during and after your treatment (source: Breast Cancer Care website)
1. Brisk walking: Even though brisk walking looks easy and basic, this is a great exercise if done properly. Make sure you have the correct posture while doing it and your results will improve.
2. Cycling: Indoor cycling, outdoor cycling, stationary or normal bike, any one of these “bike-ridings” are appropriate for you. Just choose the one you feel more comfortable with. Maybe start with indoor cycling so you can improve your muscle strength and then try going outdoors.
3. Hiking or hill walking: One of the main perks of hiking or hill walking is the amazing opportunity that you have to be in direct touch with nature. Walking while being surrounded by pure air and nature is priceless.
4. Water aerobics or swimming: This is a great exercise which you can do with friends or in a group, especially water aerobics. It’s also an exercise that works pretty much all the muscles of your body whilst at the same time stretching them, which will leave you tired but relaxed at the end of the day.
5. Gardening or housework: Who says you have to leave your house to do exercise? If you have a backyard and like gardening, this is a great way to get yourself moving while doing something you like.
6. Dancing: Everybody likes to dance, even if you’re terrible at it! Dancing is an amazing way to exercise and have fun at the same time. You can do it on your own, or you can go out dancing with friends, have a party at your place or join a dance group. You won’t regret it!
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