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Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Research has shown that women who exercise have an improved quality of life and have fewer side effects during and following treatment. Exercise has also been shown to enhance overall health and wellness, improve mood, reduce fatigue, and increase stamina. Some research suggests that exercise may reduce the chances of a breast cancer recurrence.
Tips on Exercise
The beginning of treatment is not the time to begin a strenuous exercise program. You will likely have days that you feel energetic, and other days you may be more fatigued.
- If you have already been exercising, keep it up as you feel able, listening to your body and allowing rest when your body asks for it.
- If you would like to begin exercising now, consider starting gently with a walking program. Many patients feel a daily walk improves their emotional and physical well-being during treatment
- An exercise plan which fits your personality, lifestyle, and health and fitness goals is an important part of breast cancer survivorship.
- As you move past treatment and into survivorship, you will want to consider the benefits of each type, and develop a fitness plan that works for you.
Types of Exercise
Cardiovascular exercise, sometimes called “cardio”, is the type of exercise which increases your heart rate, and may cause you to break a sweat. This type of workout is recommended 30 minutes, five times a week (or 150 minutes per week), and includes exercises like walking, running, rowing, bike riding, or swimming. This kind of exercise improves heart health and helps maintain a healthy weight. Many people also find it helpful in managing stress and maintaining a sense of well-being.
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for you. You are performing the exercises in this video at your own risk. The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, The John Hopkins University, their affiliates and their employees are not responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of this fitness routine.
Strength Training and Core