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When to avoid certain types of exercise

There are some situations where you need to take extra care.


When to avoid certain types of exercise

Low immunity

If your immunity is low because of your treatment, you should avoid exercise venues where infections are easily spread. This includes gyms, group exercise and swimming pools.  Ask your healthcare professional when it is safe to go to the gym or swimming pool. In this situation, activities such as remote exercise that you can do at home are a good option, as is outdoor exercise.

After certain types of surgery

After certain types of surgery, you may need to wait before you can get back to your normal level of exercise. Ask the medical staff what kind of exercise you can do.

Cancer that affects your bones

If you have cancer that affects your bones, you may be more at risk of fracture. You should avoid putting too much strain on the affected bones. You could try swimming or exercising in water. Water supports your body weight, so the skeleton isn’t stressed. Yoga-style exercises are usually safe for everyone.

Peripheral neuropathy

If you experience a loss of sensation in your hands and feet or feel numbness or tingling, you may have peripheral neuropathy. It is important to inform your doctor about any symptoms caused by cancer treatments as they may be manageable by adjusting medication or dosage. Peripheral neuropathy may also be associated with muscle weakness and balance problems. Symptoms may be transient or permanent. If you have these symptoms, it is worth talking to your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you. It may be better to pedal on an exercise bike than to do other types of weight-bearing exercise.

Some tips on how to be more active

  • Make small changes to add activity to your daily routine. For example, choose times when you cycle to the shops or to work. Exercise becomes a habit more easily if you do it at regular times.
  • Set yourself a goal and track your progress. Keeping track can help make being active a habit.
  • Use a pedometer or smartwatch. Adding steps to your day is a good way to start. Pedometers or other counters are a quick way to keep track of your goals and stay motivated. Some also remind you that it’s time to get moving.
  • Pair up an activity with a friend or family member. Find new ways to spend time with friends or family and motivate each other.

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