When you are ready to start increasing your physical activity start by asking yourself some of these questions:
When choosing activities:
- What is your current strength and endurance level?
- What activities would fit into your current day?
- Do you need special equipment or gear?
- What activities do you enjoy doing?
- What are your interests? (being outside, having an instructor, being with others)
- What muscles do you want to strengthen? Often when lying in bed a lot your core and legs become “deconditioned”. Some simple squats and planks can be a great place to start!
Align your interests with your goals!
Some of these questions may seem silly, but you may be surprised by your answers if you take the time to really think them through. For example, if you don’t like running don’t tell yourself you want to start running a couple miles every day. Instead, maybe you love stretching and strengthening exercises so yoga or barre would be better to start with.
- Start out slow and steady. Day 1 you might feel energized and ambitious, but you don’t want to overdo it too soon and tire yourself out for the rest of the week!
- Use caution if choosing high impact activities such as running or jumping. These can be hard on your joints, muscles, and bones and cause injury.
- Low platelets? Avoid high risk activities such as contact sports, heavy weightlifting, and significant stretching.
- Low red blood cells? You may tire easily and become lightheaded. Start slow with shorter activities.
- Low white blood cells? Avoid activities in groups and at gyms.
- Radiation? Take caution with swimming in chlorine pools. Chlorine can irritate your skin.