If you want to beat cancer, you have to be strong. Strength training has been proven to build lean muscle mass, reduce unhealthy body fat and prevent bone density loss, which is a common side effect of cancer and its treatments. Moreover, a consistent program of strength training can boost your self-esteem, improve your mood, increase your energy and help you get high-quality sleep. In short, research has found that strength training improves your quality of life. The good news is that you don’t have to bench press hundreds of pounds or, even, join a gym to reap the benefits of strength training; simply incorporating additional opportunities to lift some weight into your day, such as carrying in groceries from the car or slowly getting up from your chair, is a form of strength training. In fact, gradually strengthening the large muscle groups, such as those found in your grocery-toting arms or standing legs, will improve your stamina and strength for everyday tasks. So, no matter what stage of cancer or its treatment you are in, strength training is something you can do.
As with any exercise program, make sure you consult with your doctor before beginning a strength training program. This is particularly important if you have had surgery in the past few years. Once your doctor has given you the green light, set up an appointment with a certified personal trainer or reputable group training program. Exercise professionals will help you begin with light weights and achieve the optimal balance of frequency and intensity for safely building strength and stamina.
- It is strongly recommended that you discuss this modality with your Oncologist.
- Do not forget to balance your strength training with “smart” flexibility exercise and light cardiovascular work outs
- Balance your strength training with good nutrition to achieve the maximum results
- To make the strength training internal coordinate with deep breathing and meditation