Being physically active can improve your physical and emotional health; here’s how you can develop a plan that’s right for you.
You’re tired – too worn out to go for a walk with your wife, too bushed to go biking with your son, and don’t have the energy to golf with your buddies. We get it.
For those living with advanced prostate cancer, taking part in physical activities can seem daunting. However, regular physical activity can be a key part of helping to keeping energy levels up for patients with cancer. In fact, recent studies show that remaining active can help improve physical function and overall quality of life, while too much rest can lead to negative side effects, such as muscle weakness and reduced range of motion.1
You have the power to take greater control of your health by mapping out a physical activity plan that works best for you. Here are some suggestions on how to get your plan started!
Kick Things Off with Your Doctor
The first step in developing a plan is to talk to your doctor about the types of physical activities that are most beneficial and would be appropriate for you. Several factors could impact your choice of activities such as the stage of your prostate cancer and your treatment, as well as stamina, fitness level, and current state of health. It’s important to have these conversations with your doctor to set course along the right path.1
You can start with low-intensity activities, such as taking short, slow walks. “Whenever I talk to patients, I try to remind them to start off small,” says Alex Scholz, Executive Director of Prostate Cancer Research Institute. “It’s important to remember that a step forward is a step toward progress no matter how small the stride.”