I have a client who had breast cancer surgery a year ago. She has undergone both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She finished the radiation therapy a month ago and has been cleared to work out. What type of work out would be best for her?
Before beginning an exercise program with your client, consult with her physician to ensure there aren’t any “red flags” regarding her condition. Always use your client’s tolerance level as a guide to determine her capabilities.
It is imperative to train the basic systems that allow us to function. The basic systems of function that react together within the body are the nervous, muscular and skeletal systems, as supported by the cardiovascular system (i.e., running on a treadmill with over pronation syndrome will defeat the purpose of a fitness program). Solution: Utilize the following tips and the functional exercise articles on PTontheNet.com to create the framework of your client’s functional exercise program.
- All exercises should allow functional strength gains in multiple directions (functional strength is the ability of the neuromuscular system to perform dynamic eccentric, isometric and concentric contractions efficiently in a multi-planar environment.
- Concentrate on basic movements (i.e., sit, walk, lift, bend, reach, push, pull, twist).
- Start with intensities that are at the same or slightly higher levels than normal activities of daily living.
- Start with 10–15 minute workouts, three times per week. Each week, the duration of exercise can be increased by five minutes per session.
- The client should not exercise past the point where she becomes unable to maintain a steady pace. It is better to stop early and continue the next day than to train to the point of exhaustion.
The better shape that your client is in, the healthier her body will become.