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Regular exercise provides benefits to your body, mind and emotional wellbeing. It is especially important to get moving again as soon as possible after surgery. If you enjoyed regular exercising before your diagnosis you will probably be keen to continue after surgery and during treatment. Check with your doctor and ask his advice with regard to your exercise regime. Be careful not to overexert yourself and to drink sufficient water.

Here are some of the benefits of regular exercise:

  • Induces feelings of relaxation and optimism
  • Will restore strength in your muscles and bones
  • Increases your energy
  • May improve your immune system
  • Will give you increased self worth
  • Reduces stress
  • Decreases feelings of negativity and helplessness
  • Increases the amount of oxygen to your lungs
  • Increases your metabolism.

Start slowly after having surgery. You may want to begin with walking, increasing from a ten-minute walk to a reasonably vigorous walk. Taking on a challenging physical activity may help you come to terms with the changes in your body. Here are some other activities you may want to try:

  • Swimming
  • Yoga and stretching
  • Dancing
  • Weight training
  • Walking
  • Gentle jogging
  • Pilates
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