According to the American Cancer Society, research shows that for most people exercise is safe and helpful before, during, and after cancer treatment. It can help improve your quality of life as well as the energy you have to do the things you like. Physical activity may also help you cope with side effects of treatment and possibly decrease your risk of new cancers in the future.

According to the American Cancer Society, research shows that for most people exercise is safe and helpful before, during, and after cancer treatment. It can help improve your quality of life as well as the energy you have to do the things you like. Physical activity may also help you cope with side effects of treatment and possibly decrease your risk of new cancers in the future.

Too much time spent resting or sitting can cause loss of body function, muscle weakness, and reduced range of motion. Many cancer care teams are urging their patients to be as physically active as possible before, during and after cancer treatment.

Here at Georgetown Fitness, Cancer Exercise Specialist Dave Jacobs has put together 3 different exercise programs specific to individuals who are in the pre-stage of treatment or surgery, going through treatment, and post-surgery/treatment. As a cancer survivor himself Dave says “there are many benefits to physical activity through this rough process.” “Exercise really improved my quality of life before, during, and after treatment!”

The following are just a few of the benefits of physical activity before, during, and after cancer treatment:

• Help your body and brain work better
• Reduce feeling tired (fatigue)
• Aide in reducing depression and anxiety
• Keep or improve your physical ability to get things done
• Improve your muscle strength, bone health and range of motion
• Strengthen your immune system
• Increase your appetite
• Help you get to and maintain a healthy weight
• Reduce the risk of cancer recurrence
• Improve your quality of life
• Reduce treatment side effects

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