Exercise Journey Worksheet for Cancer Patients
There may be a time, after diagnosis, when you start to consider whether or not you should start exercising. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that exercise is an amazing therapy for many cancer patients. And your Oncologist has probably mentioned exercise to you as well.
But you have to consider a couple things
1) is it the right time to start
2) are you ready to start?
These are two very different things. The right time to start exercise can be based on a number of things. But primarily it will depend on where you are in your treatment journey. If you’ve just started chemo and not sure how your body will react, it may not be the right time for you to start an exercise program.
If you just had surgery – you’ll have to wait for clearance from your surgeon to start exercising. This could be six to eight weeks after surgery.
And if your fatigue is at such a high level that you’re unable to complete your daily activities – it may not be the right time for you.
But….the other question is whether you’re ready to start. This is where the motivation comes in. You know you should – but there’s something in the way.
- you just don’t know where to start
- you’re fearful of what might happen
- you’re scared that you may feel worse
- your workout clothes may fit differently (or not at all)
- judgment by others
If any of the above seem to hit close to home – it’s time to take stock.
I’ve created an Exercise Journey Worksheet for Cancer Patients (see the link below). I want you to complete this honestly. Remember, this is just you talking to yourself. Use this worksheet as a tool to help figure out not only why you want to exercise but to find the barriers in the way of you making a positive choice for yourself.
If at the end, you find you’re still not ready – put it on the back burner for a couple weeks and then re-read your answers. See if anything’s changed. If so, maybe you’ve discovered your starting point.