There are 3 types of exercise that will help you move toward better health:
These are activities that get you breathing heavily, your heart thumping, and your body moving and breaking a sweat. Endurance exercise is good for your circulation and your lungs. Strive for at least 150 minutes of endurance exercise each week.
These exercises build muscles. This is very important if you have received chemotherapy or are older, and have lost or are losing muscle mass. Strength training can preserve your ability to climb stairs, get out of the car and perform many of the tasks needed for independent living. Set a goal for doing strength exercises twice a week.
Keep limber and avoid injury with a GOOOOOOOD STREEEEEEETCH! Make a point of stretching after you do your endurance exercise, e.g., walking, jogging, etc.
When I was diagnosed with cancer 3 years ago, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. Hearing the word “cancer” made me tune out everything else. I was at a loss about what to do. One day, one of my children said to me, “Look at you! Why aren’t you trying to fight this thing?” I finally realized that I owed something more to those who care about me, and to myself! My doctor told me that there were things I could do to help me feel better and improve my health. Now, I exercise every day. I feel great and my family and friends feel better too!
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