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SELENITYLUNARE SparkPoints: (16,509)
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1/24/14 3:00 A

Honestly, Jen is correct. Part of your treatment should include a consultation with a physical therapist. I know this for a fact.

If, for whatever reason, you have not been given the consultation I can tell you some of the exercises that some chemo patients use. However, you should ask your doctor if they are acceptable.

There is something called a mini-cycle that PTs use for both arms and legs. You can buy it at Walmart for around $25. Starting out at 5 minutes a day can help you build your strength back up.

Resistance bands are also helpful. There are many exercises that you might be able to do with them. They can also be purchased at Walmart in varying resistances and prices.

I would consider talking to the chemo nurses, also. They can most times be more helpful than the doctors when it comes to questions you may have. If there are other patients in the room with you when you are being treated, you may be able to chat them up and see if they have any ideas. Some of them should have a Physical Therapist.

But like Jen said... talking to your doctor is the optimal strategy - even if it is just to have her/him send you elsewhere for a consult.

THEGREENESTGIRL SparkPoints: (635)
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1/24/14 2:37 A

Thanks for the response, unfortunately I cannot afford to get professional help or advice. How about a different part of my problem, what exercises would you suggest for getting back in shape while going through chemotherapy. I'm not sure if I should be exercising daily and if I should be pushing myself the same way I would usually (like if I was lifting weights and my arms get tired, should I try to do one more or just stop). These may sill be questions for a medical professional but any ideas you might have would really help. Thanks

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1/23/14 6:51 A

Firstly, burning fat is an all-body process, and you can't target where you lose weight from. Energy is delivered to the muscles via the bloodstream, NOT from being absorbed from surrounding fat stores. Twists or crunches will NOT reduce fat in the love handles.

What you can do is to continue to reduce your overall body through a combination of cardio, all-body strength training and watching your intake.

If there are exercises causing you problems, then you should definitely be speaking to a physical therapist about selecting exercises that you CAN do safely.


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,608
1/23/14 6:38 A


Because of your complex medical condition, your doctor should be the one to advise you on an exercise program. They might even be able to refer you to see a physical therapist who can design a set of exercises specific to your needs.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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1/23/14 6:16 A

I am looking for some workout help. I am a twenty year old girl and I used to be very active and fit but a few years ago I was diagnosed with a few severe medical conditions and I have little to no muscle any more. I dropped down to 100 lbs when I got sick and then gained 100lbs as a side effect from medication. I have managed to get my weight back down to 139lbs unfortunately none of that weight is from muscle. As I lost weight I slimmed down everywhere except my love handles which are now disproportionate to the rest of my body. All the exercises I have found to fix that problem involve twisting or crunching and because of one of my conditions, actions like those will result in my ribs jamming into my organs and cause serious problems.

What I need is some exercises that won't cause harm and a progressive schedule that will help me get back my muscle and stamina VERY gradually. Obviously gaining muscle is more important to me than loosing weight but my ideal, healthy weight is 120-125lbs. Currently the only exercise I get is from walking my dog. Can anyone help or give me ideas?

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