Exercise benefits?

I started swimming after diagnosis. I'm not sure how much it has helped my follicular lymphoma but it has made a huge difference to my mental and physical wellbeing. I have met other swimmers of varying ages (since joining a gym at age 60), we share our struggles and I feel they are now my friends. My question this week is - do you take more exercise than before diagnosis and if so how has it helped you?

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  • I started aquasize in January 2014 which was 18 months post-transplant. Psychologically it has helped me tremendously. The fact that I was exercising also enabled me to continue to panticipate with my aquasize throughout most of the duration that I was receiving chemo for my third trek into Cancerland in 2016.

    There is a sign on the wall at my pool that says something like "the best antidepressant is exercise". Very true.

  • I've always been a fit person who loves his exercise. (Gym, pool, bike, paddle, garden, hike) For me the difficult thing was temporarily stopping exercise during my down times with chemo and recovery. I've always gone back to it when my body told me it was ready and I always credit my good physical shape for getting me through the rough spots more readily. During my "down" times, when I didn't have enough energy for normal workouts, I'd spend a few minutes each day doing yoga poses while I watched TV. The toughest thing about exercise is "getting moving" but once you talk yourself into it, the benefits are huge. Learn to enjoy the feeling after you finish and the excitement of doing it.

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