Exercise guidelines for cancer patients

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Exercise is essential to enjoy a healthy life. When you include an exercise in your daily routine you not only improve your quality of life and decrease the chance of heart problems, muscle or joint problems, but also reduce stress.

Depending on the general conditions of cancer patients, this may become inactive. But to avoid muscle atrophy, tension and stiffness is important to stay active with regular exercise that does not deteriorate or compromise your condition.

In this process support from family and friends is vital. They will encourage the patient to maintain the physical activity, and the positive attitude. Remember that depression affects our immune system.

Warning: it is always important to consult your medical specialist before starting an exercise routine.

brazos-arriba-ejercicios-para-estirar-los-brazos-1-brazosarriba-2894For circulation

1. Raise your arms toward the ceiling with elbows extended, open and close your hands.

2. With legs bent and the heels of your feet flat on the bed do flexion and extension of the feet (move them up and down without lifting your legs). In the same position make circles with your feet in both directions.

To maintain muscle tone

1. With legs straight, place a rolled towel on the mattress below the knee. The knee should put pressure on the towel, keep it there a few seconds and rest (without lifting the leg), press, hold and rest and then the other leg.

2. Make movements with one arm and put resistance to another, for example by bending the elbow, bringing the arm stretched ear, separating the arm from the body in the plane of the mattress.

3. With one leg bent supporting foot on the bed, the other leg straight draws circles in the air.

Stretching

1. Raise your arms above your head and stretch as much as possible.

2. Lie down with the soles of the feet on the bed, leaving the knees bent. Gently press down so that the lower back is fully supported, pressing on the mattress. Push the chin downward (so the cervical area stretches) and perform a self-elongation of the spine (imagine a thread pulling our crown toward the wall behind us, as if we wished to grow).

3. Stretch the muscles of the arms and legs, each to the extent possible.

Source: enforma.salud180.com

 

Translated by Weldon Woodard