Staying Active during Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatment may cause fatigue, which is not likely to inspire you to begin a new exercise program. Light, daily exercise before you start to feel tired will make it easier for you to continue regular daily physical activity after your treatment begins. Once you begin treatment, light, regular physical activity is very good for you. It will improve your appetite, stimulate digestion, prevent constipation, and provide additional energy. Physical activity will also help decrease stress, improve mood, and maintain muscle tone. Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

New - Restorative Yin Yoga

Are you aware of the medical benefits of yoga, especially for people affected by cancer? Many find that gentle therapeutic yoga, tailored for cancer patients can bring relief both during and after treatment. 

Starting March 5, the Marie Yeager Cancer Center will hold a 60-minute Restorative Yin Yoga class on Mondays, free-of-charge for cancer patients and survivors.

Restorative Yin Yoga is intended to increase physical, mental, and spiritual well-being through the practice of gentle poses and relaxation techniques.

Research suggests that structured yoga classes during cancer treatment may:

  • Boost mood, energy levels, and appetite
  • Combat the side effects of treatment, especially fatigue and depression
  • Enhance quality of life by relieving stress and anxiety, which in turn reduces heart rate
  • Lower blood pressure, and eases respiration
  • Provide a support system to assist with the emotional toll of cancer
  • Reduce sensitivity to pain

*Yoga is not considered a treatment for cancer. Yoga can be used as an alternative method to reduce symptoms, while traditional medical practices such as surgery and chemotherapy are used to treat the cancer itself.

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