People going through cancer treatment can’t workout.


Exercise is extremely beneficial to cancer patients as it reduces stress, fatigue, nausea, and pain associated with cancer treatment.


There are many benefits to exercising during cancer treatment including reduced severity of side effects, reduced risk of depression and anxiety, improved mobility and balance, prevention of muscle loss as well as weight gain, improved sleep, increased effectiveness of treatments, and so much more. While exercise is proven to be safe during different types of cancer treatments, you should always consult with your doctor before starting a routine or program.

Your doctor will take certain things into account before recommending an exercise program such as the type of cancer you have, current treatments, any side effects you’re experiencing, your fitness level, and any additional health issues you may have.

Your new exercise routine may be more or less intense than it was before cancer treatment, which could influence your ability to work out independently. Fitness programs designed specifically for anyone who is or has been treated for cancer focus on more than just exercise. 

The Cancer Wellness Program at Sam B. Cook Healthplex is a no-cost, 12-week collaborative effort between the cancer center, certified staff at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex, and the American Cancer Society. A physician referral is required to ensure the program leaders know of any limitations. The goals are improving overall health, reducing effects of cancer, aiding self-motivation, and providing a positive support system. Participants receive education on all facets of health, from diet and exercise to emotional and social support.

Whether you’re getting started or going back to it, build up to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity every week as recommended by the American Cancer Society.

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