It is usually safe to start doing some physical activity during or after treatment. It can be hard to think about exercise when you are dealing with the symptoms of cancer or side effects of treatment. But becoming more active may help deal with this.
If you decide to do some type of physical activity, it is important to make sure you do it safely. Even if you did regular physical activity before you were diagnosed with cancer, you may need to be more careful. Below are some general tips for keeping safe when doing any type of physical activity:
- Start slowly and gradually build up.
- Do not exercise if you feel unwell or if you have any symptoms that worry you.
- If you have bone problems, you should avoid uneven surfaces and activities that increase the risk of falling. You should also avoid high-impact activities such as running. See below for more information about if you have other medical conditions.
- Wear well-fitting trainers or walking shoes.
- Drink plenty of water, so you do not get dehydrated.
- Protect yourself in the sun.
- Have a healthy snack after exercising, such as a banana.
You should stop exercising if you get any sudden symptoms, including:
- feeling dizzy
- chest pain
- a racing heart
- breathing problems
- feeling sick
- unusual back or bone pain
- unusual muscle pain
- a headache that does not go away.
Speak to your doctor if you notice any of these, or any other symptoms.