Extra Movement During Treatment
Last updated: October 2023
I am still on my first targeted therapy treatment but on a lower dose so my hemoglobin count can go back to normal level. In addition, my blood sugar count is also under control with another treatment.
On top of my lung cancer treatment, my regular and non-vigorous physical activity has brought benefits to my well-being. I use a number of equipment to improve my physical function and quality of life. I am thankful to be able to move and exercise.
Excercise for well-being during treatment
Two-pound pair of hand weights is top on my list. I do sixteen counts on each movement.
I do four types of movement at a slow pace so that I do not have shortness of breath or easily feel tired. Just a few minutes of easy dumbbell movement improves my energy.
Secondly, my yoga mat is another important exercise tool that provides a stable surface for my gentle yoga stretching. The cushion on the mat makes my body move and stretch easier with strength and stability.
I follow the slow and gentle yoga for older adults. The practice is a big relief to my bone and joint pain.
My family takes turns with the indoor stationary bike. When the other family members are at work or school, I have the bike all for myself.
My oncologist recommends a maximum of 3,000 km per slow cycle due to my low hemoglobin count. Riding a bike is also healthy and fun.
Improving health through movement
Diabetes runs on both sides of my family. My TKI side effect on blood sugar count adds to more complications.
Regular exercise must be part of my daily routine. Any movement helps manage my blood sugar levels and gives me endurance. I start with full-body exercises, followed by chair exercises, and end with dumbbell exercises.
I have been reaping the benefits of combining Qigong (chi-gong) and slow-paced Tai Chi. The exercise uses whole-body movement, balance, mental focus, and breathing.
Besides, meditation techniques lower stress and anxiety. Both of them also improve my ability to focus and concentrate.
There is Qigong to boost my energy in under three minutes. First, I knock my lower back and abdomen by arm movement with my knees bent. Next, I tap my lower back by the back of my palms.
I end by knocking my heels into the ground and pumping my arms. Incorporating deep breaths is a safe way to improve relaxation.
Another use of Qigong is to improve my hearing naturally. I start by putting pressure and release using two fingers at the lower back of my earlobes. With three fingers at the front earlobes and one at the back, I gently rub up and down. Ending the movement by massaging the earlobes in slow motion works well for me.
Incorporating physical activity into your cancer treatment
In the minds of most people, cancer and exercise do not go together. Most think cancer patients should curl up on the couch and take it easy.
My oncologist and family doctor are aware of my exercise plan. Thankful, they believe exercise is safe during treatment. Thus, they say small steps lead to big results for my well-being.
What healthy habits do you use to improve the quality of your life?