- Question from JanH: It's been 2 months since my last chemotherapy session, and I still find that exercise wears me out, instead of energizing like it used to. Should I wait or continue? I'm a believer in the benefits of regular exercise, but motivation now is hard. Thanks.
- Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. From personal experience, having experienced profound and prolonged fatigue after my first chemotherapy, what I wish I would have done is actually hire a personal trainer. Retrospectively, that would have helped me get off the couch and actually exercise and have some expertise guiding me so I wasn't trying to overdue it from determination and also guilt at how poorly I was feeling. So, it's a downward spiral and I think having that objective person outside the emotional realm I was in, helping to guide and motivate me, would have been very beneficial.
- Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. I think, if it's not realistic to get a personal trainer, because there might be expense involved, get a friend to exercise with, to be your cheerleader and motivator. That could be helpful. This may not be something you can do by yourself, but having someone there physically with you, supporting you and cheering you on could be a very good motivator.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Fatigue During and After Treatment featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D., Tish Knobf, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., A.O.C.N., and Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about ways to keep up your energy, how nutrition can affect fatigue, and how exercising can help.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2008.
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