Life after Cancer Tip: Move Your Body!
One of the best ways to reduce stress, increase your energy levels and elevate your mood is to move your body. A few examples include: walking (around your house, neighborhood, office, etc.) dancing working in the garden cleaning up
One of the best ways to reduce stress, increase your energy levels and elevate your mood is to move your body. A few examples include:
- walking (around your house, neighborhood, office, etc.)
- working in the garden
- cleaning up around the house
After working as a Personal Trainer, I realized that many people either don’t like the word exercise, or they associate it with another dirty word, gym. So for them, it feels like an obligation – a should versus a want to.
As a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver, you have to find what works best for you; find what type of movement brings you joy and makes you feel energized.
After my mom finished her chemo treatment, she was exhausted – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. So we co-created her own personalized wellness/self-care plan that focused on what she wanted and needed. It included:
- short 5-10 minute walks around the house
- lying down on her yoga mat and doing nothing for 5-10 minutes
- leg exercises and/or climbing stairs to help re-strengthen her legs
After three weeks, she noticed a difference in her energy levels, and it only took a few minutes each day.
You matter. Your health matters. And your well-being matters.
Here’s my request: carve out 5 to10 minutes for yourself each day so that you can begin to feel good again, take back control and rediscover a new hope.
There is hope … even after cancer. Sometimes we all just need someone to help us get there. You can do it!