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Exercise for cancer fatigue

Aerobic exercise relieves fatigue during or after cancer treatment, according to the Cochrane Collaboration, an international body of health experts. A newly updated Cochrane review weighed the findings of 56 studies on cancer-related fatigue and exercise. The research suggests that instead of resting, people with cancer-related fatigue should try aerobic exercise if they can. This includes brisk walking, a light workout on a treadmill or exercise cycle, or water aerobics. The review found that other forms of exercise, such as resistance training, did not reduce cancer fatigue. But don't launch into a vigorous new exercise program before checking with your primary care physician, especially if you have cardiovascular disease, arthritis, or other chronic health conditions.

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