Exercise is extremely important; however there are times when it’s not advised. The American Cancer Society and the American College of Sports Medicine have developed guidelines for when you should not exercise. Always be sure to check in with your treatment team, keeping them up to date on what you are doing and how you are feeling. This is especially important if your treatments have affected your heart, lungs or bones.
- Avoid public gyms and other public places until your blood counts are at safe levels.
- If it’s OK with your doctor, drink plenty of fluids.
- If you don’t feel up to exercising, try to stretch daily for 10 minutes
- Avoid uneven surfaces or any weight-bearing exercises that could cause you to fall and injure yourself.
- If you have numbness in your feet or problems with balance, you are at higher risk for falls. Try a stationary bicycle rather than a treadmill.
- Avoid resistance training that uses muscles in the area of a catheter to avoid dislodging it.
Do NOT Exercise If…
Blood Work Guidelines: