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Yes, You Can!

Breast Cancer Awareness
When someone says to “think positive” or “be optimistic” during a time such as cancer, it can be much easier said than done. We know that cancer isn’t all rainbow and butterflies and once you enter a dark mindset, it can be hard to get out of it.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, your focus may be on getting through treatment and letting things like fitness aside. But a growing body of evidence suggests that exercise is not only good for you now, it may also set you on the path to healthier survivorship, staving off bone loss, improving heart health, and even helping to prevent a recurrence of your cancer.

Breast cancer

In conjunction of International Women’s Day, it’s not wrong to promote a healthier awareness for all women who are going through breast cancer. They say, “A vulnerable person is the strongest fighter.” Many doctors recommend low-impact and non-strenuous exercise when going through breast cancer treatment.

Luckily, there are different kinds of fun and moderate exercises you can do, such as:

  • walking
  • yoga
  • Pilates
  • tai chi
  • dancing

And trust me, exercise and movement were vital for recovery during the treatment. Here’s some exercising tips as you go through treatment. And don’t forget to communicate with your doctor to ensure you’re exercising at the appropriate exertion level for your condition.

Breast Cancer Awareness

1. Feel free to exercise at your own pace

Start gradually and build upon each day. On days when you are feeling extra energetic, you could park farther away at the hospital parking lot and enjoy a few extra steps on your way to and from treatment. You’ll be surprised how even the smallest effort will help you both physically and emotionally.

2. Don’t worry about what others think

Ultimately, you will get bald from the chemo. Just push away the idea of what will people says when you go for a work out at the gym. Wearing a wig or scarf during the workout will be out of the question as you will realise that there are countless individuals who were inspired with your  grit and strength to fight.

3. Practice safety

Here are some things to keep in mind while exercising during treatment. Always talk to your physicians and especially a lymphedema specialist before starting on an exercise program. They may recommend for you to be fitted with a compression sleeve to help minimize the swelling in your arm.

The routine you used to do before cancer may not be appropriate during treatment. Your doctor can also help clear you on which exercises you can do on your own and which you may need help from a physical therapist.

Exercise helps breast cancer survivor

For breast cancer patients, “just rest” is no longer the best prescription.

Rest is important, but not to the exclusion of exercise. “If you’re not exercising — and that includes your muscles as well as your heart — you will lose function that you may never get back afterwards.”

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