Do's and Don'ts
To assist you with your exercise journey towards better health and wellbeing during your prostate cancer management and treatment program; here are some simple rules, hints and tips for you and your support network to consider and follow as you progress through stages of exercise and stages of treatment. Please take your time to consider this information, and frequently asked questions which may also assist you.
- Be in a positive mind-set, enjoy yourself and have fun being fit!
- Start at a level that you are comfortable with, and that is safe for you.
- Gradually increase the duration and intensity of exercise as you become familiar with activity, and comfortable with your current physical abilities.
- Ensure you are hydrated before you start your exercise session and drink water during and after each session as well.
- Start each session with gentle movements to warm-up before you begin the full exercise program. This will help you to prevent injury and prepare you for the more challenging parts of your schedule.
- Finish each session with gentle movements and stretches to cool-down once you have finished your exercise session.
- Adopt and maintain good posture through-out all exercises. It you start to lose your ability to uphold adequate body position, make sure you have a brief rest before finishing the rest of your exercise program.
- Listen to your body. If you feel any acute pain or exaggerated tiredness and feel overwhelming discomfort, you should cease your current activity and if required, seek some further guidance from your physician.
- Become inactive. Any level of physical activity or exercise is better than none; and the more you participate, the more health benefits you will experience.
- Try and do this alone. Exercise is a fun, engaging and rewarding experience with many health benefits. Interact with your family and friends as moral support and motivation and do it together!
- Smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Smoking tobacco and alcohol consumption are known risk factors contributing to cancer, poor health and other associated illness or co-morbidities and should be completely avoided.
- Ignore symptoms such as excess discomfort, pain, chest pain, radiating pain, extreme breathlessness, or rapid or irregular heartbeat during your exercise program. You should cease exercising if these occur, and seek medical advice.
- Weather conditions can influence how you feel during exercise, particularly in hot and humid climates. Please be cautious, ensure you remain hydrated and take frequent breaks if you exercise during such weather conditions.
- Healthy eating habits and appropriate dietary choices are an important part of your cancer management, as this can positively or negatively influence prostate cancer. Consult your dietician for specific advice relating to your situation.
- Correct footwear is important for you to be comfortable during exercise, and necessary to ensure you minimise the risk of any potential injury by promoting correct foot alignment in accordance with your requirements.
- As you progress through your cancer treatment and management, it is important that you discuss your exercise program regularly with your physician to ensure that it remains appropriate for you.
- Different stages and phases of prostate cancer and treatment may present new challenges for you. As a general guide, further information regarding special considerations for patients at various stages of disease undergoing specific types of treatment when exercising can be located in the special considerations section of this webpage.