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How should I monitor my exercise intensity if I have cancer?

If you have cancer, there are three main ways you can monitor your intensity level while you exercise:
  • Heart rate = heart beats per minute: To take your pulse and keep it within your set heart rate, follow the guidelines specified by your rehab specialist.
    • Exertion scale: Rate your exertion level using the following scale
      0: No effort
      1: Very Easy
      2: Easy
      3: Moderate
      4: Somewhat hard
      5: Hard
      7: Very hard
      9: Very, very hard
      10: Maximal

      Ideally with exercise you should stay between the 1 and 4 level or as directed by your cancer rehabilitation therapist. At this level you should be able to hold a conversation with someone. If you get beyond 4, you are working too hard and need to slow down.
      • Abnormal symptoms: Listen to your body for any abnormal symptoms that you may be having and take the appropriate action by stopping exercise.

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