Continuing With Life While Battling Ovarian Cancer
Even if it's just a simple activity like going for a short walk, staying active during cancer treatment can help keep your spirits up. Unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise, keep moving! Research has shown that physical activity during cancer treatment can improve your overall physical function and your quality of life.
Although it's good to rest as well, resting too much can cause loss of body function, muscle weakness, and decreased range of motion. Other benefits of exercising during cancer treatment include:
- Improves balance, preventing falls and broken bones
- Improves blood flow to your legs and reduces the risk for blood clots
- Prevents the muscles from wasting away due to inactivity
- Boosts self-esteem
- Decreases the risk of anxiety and depression
- Helps minimize nausea
- Controls stress
- Reduces the symptoms of tiredness
- Improves quality of life
- Makes you less dependent on others for help with normal, daily activities.
Keeping exercise simple and fun can help minimize those times where you just don't feel like doing anything active. Although your exercise may need to be low-impact due to your treatment regimen, the goal is basically to do as much activity as possible -- even if it's simply doing some yoga, riding your bike, playing tag with your kids, dancing in your living room, or weeding your garden.
The action helps to kick off endorphins, those "feel-good" chemicals in your body that help combat depression symptoms. Exercising is also a great way to help reduce stress, which is an important part of getting well. Even if your exercise may be restricted, at least get out of the house every now and then!
(Click Nutrition, Exercise, and Other Lifestyle Changes During Ovarian Cancer Treatment for a closer look at how exercise can be beneficial during your treatment.)