Pierre Dybman (dybmapi) wrote,
Pierre Dybman

Conclusions of a chemotherapy, part 4. Exercise!

Due to the ambiguity about part 2, of which there were two in the end, we go directly to part 4!


What a strange advice for someone between life and death, fighting those invisible enemies within, tired, exhausted, needing naps, calm, sometimes able only to move from the couch (or the bed) to the toilets because of nausea?

Well, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I will not let a few rogue cells decide my future!

Whichever one of those, and a multitude of other possible motivational slogans can help you, choose one, and get out of this couch!

Walk, for a start. Go out (but avoid a cold, so dress appropriately), walk a few kilometres, make shorter walks, but two per day.

Once you're used to walk 7 or 8 000 steps per day, try for 10 000. Buy yourself a fitness bracelet, or use the function that is on your mobile (the iPhone pedometer is quite accurate, and will not cost you anything extra).

If you can, start running a bit, slowly at first. A couple of km, for instance.

Moving will do wonders to your immunity, it will help your body tackle the chemo products, boosting your own production of white blood cells, which is good. Bu, more importantly, it will also produce endorphins, which will seriously improve your psychological state.

And that is probably as important as anything else in your fight.

So, to sum it up, move, move more, and then move on!

Lisbon, an 18 000 steps walk around the city, about mid-term during my chemo.
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