Research shows that the benefits of exercise are both physical and psychological. Physical benefits could be a better range of motion or feeling stronger. Psychological benefits include a more positive outlook on life and a better sense of well-being.
A study shows that after an eight-week supervised aerobic and strength training program, some of the physical and psychological benefits of exercise last eight weeks AFTER the training program was over.
If you're being treated for breast cancer, try to make exercise (and a healthy diet) part of your daily routine. Think of exercise and a healthy diet as another important part of your treatment plan that helps you recover and stay healthy. Talk to your doctor about how much and how often you should exercise. Ask around and see if any breast cancer support groups near you have organized exercise classes. If you can't find an exercise class through a breast cancer support group, think about joining another exercise class. There's a good chance the class might be able to give you the motivation and support to make regular exercise part of your treatment and recovery. Find the right exercise routine for YOU and then do your best to stick with it! It can make a difference both physically and mentally, today and tomorrow.
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