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The best and worst sports for breast cancer

As soon as you get the green light from your doctor to exercise, start exercising.

According to the recommendations of the US National Comprehensive Cancer Network, it is necessary to devote at least 30 minutes a day to this matter.
However, it should be remembered that not all sports are allowed. According to the famous oncologist Shaitelman, patients should follow the recommendations of their doctor regarding the resumption of training, and increase the load gradually (aerobic and anaerobic).
To begin with, doctors recommend regular walks. Thus, American rehabilitation specialist Dr. Hawk advises: “Set yourself a goal, determine the distance and number of steps. Thanks to these simple techniques, you will see how you improve and how your condition improves. And once you achieve significant results, try something else.”
According to (NGO Breast Cancer), the following sports are beneficial for cancer survivors:
  • classic running or jogging;
  • a ride on the bicycle;
  • dancing;
  • swimming on special boards (kickboards);
  • yoga with modifications (special course for breast cancer survivors);
  • tai chi;
  • Pilates;
  • exercises with weights as part of exercise therapy and under the guidance of a professional physiotherapist.
It is the latter that is especially useful for starting – a complex of exercise therapy with experienced physiotherapy specialists. They are usually well acquainted with the features of the disease and help beginners cope in the initial stages. In particular, they teach how to perform a certain block of exercises, monitor the correctness and speed of execution, etc.
Now let's talk about which sports are not recommended for patients. These are, first of all, those activities during which the arms and shoulders become tense. This can be very risky, so consult your doctor before starting.

Experts recommend avoiding:
  • swimming with active use of arms;
  • push-ups or pull-ups;
  • resistance band exercises;
  • training on elliptical or rowing machines;
  • tennis;
  • cross-country skiing;
  • intensive training programs like “Power 90 Extreme”, etc.

Features and precautions when playing sports

It doesn't matter how long or hard you train. You may not have exercised at all before you got sick. In any case, after therapy you will have to train at a very slow pace. This is completely normal and natural. Your body needs to get used to the stress, so be gentle with yourself and monitor your own comfort. According to American oncologist Hawk: “Even if you know you can do more, don’t rush. Start slow and progress even slower. This will allow you to better adapt to the exercise and reduce the risk of injury."

Training with a physical therapist who specializes in oncology or talking with a group exercise instructor are excellent ways to learn more about the mechanics of the training process. They will tell you what movements and poses are best to avoid, and how to adjust them to achieve the desired effect. For example, in yoga it is necessary to exclude all those exercises that load the arms and shoulders. It is better to replace with alternative ones with a load on the lower limbs.

If you are not in the mood or find it difficult to study, do not force yourself. Treat your body with care and don't be afraid to take breaks. This will help the body recover.

Remember to use common sense first. Start with a warm-up and end with stretching and rest. Focus not on the relief, but on maintaining good shape. And, of course, stop if you feel pain or discomfort.

Exercise in moderation is beneficial for cancer patients. But you need to maintain a balance between the load and the capabilities of the body weakened by treatment. Don’t overdo it, or better yet, consult a clinic
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Author of the article:

Aleksanyan Aleksan Zavenovich

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