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Please help me help my cousin!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Yesterday I read an article on Spark about 100 reasons to work out today, and I loved it so much, I decided that I would share the reasons, one at a time, in my status updates. It got my cousin's attention, and she wondered if there were any at home exercise DVD's for people undergoing chemo. Which makes me wonder: are there? I know that the chemo saps her strength for a week or so after treatment, and in general, she gets tired easily.

So come on, Sparkers, I want to help my cousin but I honestly don't know how. I'd love any and all suggestions!
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    The DVDs that come to mind are Leslie Sansone walk at home DVDs. The involve marching in place, taking steps side to side and you can modify them to fit your fitness level. If you go to amazon.com and search Leslie Sansone, you should get several hits that you can review.
    1811 days ago
    Hi Danilynn, First as the others have stated, check with her doctor. My sister had breast cancer and underwent chemo. She used to do pilates, yoga and walk. Maybe a beginner level pilates or yoga would help. They're great stress relievers. I found this one on amazon.


    If you do check it out, scroll down. There's a list of other possible dvd's. Hope this helps.
    Positive thought to your cousin!

    1812 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/6/2012 7:34:42 AM
  • JENNNY135
    Sorry I wish I could recommend a DVD for your cousin but I don't use them. I do want to send her, and you, my positive energy and strength for her journey.

    1812 days ago
    You're a wonderful cousin for wanting to help !

    Ideally, she should start with recommendations from her doctor since they know her condition much better than anyone here on Spark. When she does have the energy to move around, she could consider trying Leslie Sason's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs.

    It's a low impact "walking" workout she could do at home whenever she feels up to it. Depending on how much strength she does have, she could look at the Spark fitness section. Coach Nicole has a bunch of short, low impact 10-15 minute workouts. If she can't workout for too long, she might feel better with shorter workouts.

    But she really should get the all clear from her doctor first before trying to do any exercise. If her doctor doesn't think she's ready for exercise yet, she has to listen to their advice over ours.

    I'm wishing her the best !

    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2012 12:32:15 PM
  • REDSHOES2011
    If feeling okay and her doctor approves go for walks with her- keep it small and in relation to her energy level.. Talking and encouraging her to keep doing what the doctor says to get her through the therapy in general, encourage her to eat healthy as nutrition is 80% of the journey- a very huge variety of heatlhy food is always a winner in the fit against infections -the body is stripped for immunity against even the childhood diseases including the stuff our own body builds as well as injections. If little appetite working out may drain her more than help her, a dietitican may be able to give suggestions.. If she has no problems with nausea, still take it nice and easy- never bang into exercise... Also if taking steriods- they do give weight gain- but are necessary to combat other unpleasant side effects..

    Perhaps there is something on these two you can read up on..

    / may give you some information...
    Exercise called "wonder drug" for cancer patients:What can it do?

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    1813 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2012 12:28:11 PM
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