What type of exercise you do is important, however. If you are undergoing chemotherapy, avoid contact sports in order to avoid injuries. Remember, when you are taking chemotherapy drugs, your immune system is weakened so it may take your body longer to heal from mild injuries.
How much you exercise is also important, and there is no set recommended amount of time that you should exercise. Each person is unique and responds to exercise differently, so listen to your body. If you feel tired one day, it is perfectly acceptable to skip your daily walk. If you begin to feel fatigued during a work out, do not push yourself to finish.
Physical activities that are popular among people with cancer include:
light to moderate aerobics
- light to moderate strength training
In some areas, exercise groups have formed that cater exclusively to people with cancer. Check with your cancer treatment center or your local American Cancer Society chapter to see if one is available. Before beginning any type of exercise, get permission from your doctor. He can make personalized recommendations to help you organize your fitness plan.