Nutrition, Exercise, and Other Lifestyle Changes During Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Some people may hear the word "exercise" and then give up, saying there's no way -- they're too tired, or they just don't feel like it. Rather than thinking about it as a chore you have to do, try to think of fun ways to get some physical activity into your daily schedule. It doesn't have to be a scheduled class or anything that feels like pressure to you during this time.
There are a number of activities you can do, depending on where you're at in your treatment. Some ideas for physical activities that are fun and that may be easy to incorporate into your day include:
- Taking a walk around the neighborhood -- with a friend, your kids, your dog, or just to have some alone time
- Playing active games with your kids, such as tag, jump rope, or hide and seek
- Riding your bike
- Weeding your garden
- Doing some yoga techniques
- Dancing (even if it's in your living room)
- Walking on the treadmill while watching television or listening to music
- Parking your car in the farthest space to add some extra steps while walking to the store or work
- Using the stairs instead of the elevator.
There will be days where you physically are too tired or sick to do much of anything. Don't beat yourself up over it. Even if you just get out of the house and get some fresh air, it can help. The goal for physical activity is to keep it fun, simple, and safe for where you are at in your cancer treatment. Incorporating activities that get your heart pumping, using light weights for strength training, and stretching to keep muscles and joints limber can help boost your physical well-being and improve recovery.
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