Is it safe to exercise?

Problems can happen when you push it too hard—so you want to make sure you are staying within the limits of what your body can handle right now.

If you are getting any kind of cancer treatment, or have in the past, you need to talk to your doctor to figure out an exercise plan that is safe and fun for you.


• If your blood counts are low and you are at risk for infection, anemia or bleeding. • If the minerals in your blood, such as sodium and potassium, are not normal (this is likely to be the case if you have been vomiting or having diarrhea).

• If you are taking treatments that affect your lungs or heart, or are at risk for lung or heart disease. Instead, consult your physician first, then watch for swollen ankles, sudden weight gain, or shortness of breath.

• If you have unrelieved pain, nausea, vomiting, or other health concerns. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Tips for Working Out

• Do not work too hard if you are taking blood pressure medication that controls your heart rate.

• Do not hold your breath, as this may put a strain on your heart.

• Do not exercise on uneven surfaces that could cause you to fall.

• If you have bone disease, poor vision, poor balance, or weakness, do not use heavy weights or perform excessive weight bearing exercises.

• Watch for signs of internal or external bleeding if you are taking blood thinners.

• If you have swelling, pain, dizziness, or blurred vision, discontinue all exercise and call your physician immediately.