As a headwear specialist, there is one question we hear from our customers time and time again. It is, “Can I wear a head scarf to the gym?” As it happens, you may find regular headscarves can get in the way. Thus, this causes discomfort whilst working out. For example, hats with long scarves attached. Plus, wearing headwear featuring jewels and sequins is just not practical. Thus, we recommend investing in workout headscarves specifically for cancer patients.
But should cancer patients be working out in the first place? In fact, research shows that gentle exercise can help combat common side effects of chemo. For example, walking helps the immune system as well as reduces fatigue and nausea. Also, exercising boosts energy levels, keeping the body active and physically strong. In no time, you will see a reduction in anxiety levels and an increase in the number of hours you sleep. Other benefits include an increase in appetite and quality of life. But although we encourage exercising, it is important to take special precautions:
- As a cancer patient, it is common to become easily dehydrated. So, when working out, always have a bottle of water by your side. We advise avoiding caffeinated drinks as they can cause dehydration and dizziness. Note that you should be aiming to drink 2 liters of water a day.
- Avoid wearing wigs as they encourage sweat which then causes itchiness and discomfort. So, it is best to stick to gym headwear for chemo patients.
- Find workout headscarves for cancer patients made from breathable materials. Cotton and bamboo fabrics are ideal fabrics as they do not irritate the scalp. In fact, bamboo has very unique properties. For one, it has antiperspirant properties so your sweat evaporates. Plus, the bamboo fiber adjusts the temperature of your skin keeping you cool in the heat.
- Do not push yourself. Aim to gradually build up your stamina and keep your exercising light. Ensure you do not overexert your body.
- Buy your own yoga mat to avoid germs and be able to work out in the comfort of your own home.
- Avoid hot yoga classes (Bikram), saunas and hot tubs.
- Aim to avoid gyms at peak times as they are a breeding ground for germs. In turn, this can be harmful to weak immune systems
- If you decide to exercise outside, ensure you avoid the hottest hours of the day. Always stay in the shade.
- If you prefer working out indoors make sure you stay in air-conditioned spaces.
- If you start to feel dizzy or lightheaded immediately stop your workout.
- Take enough breaks and try dividing up your workouts so they are less intense.
- Always warm up before exercising and warm down afterwards.
- Be aware of signs of dehydration. They include dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue.
If you cannot go to the gym
If your doctor advises against the gym due to COVID-19, there are other options available to you. Fortunately, since the pandemic, there are plenty of online classes available over Zoom. Plus, there are different apps to choose from. Undoubtedly, you will find that exercising at home or in your backyard is enjoyable. Another idea is to follow along during live workouts via social media pages. Of course, YouTube has a wide variety of workout videos. Search for ‘low impact workouts’, ‘light intensity workouts.’ Also, look up ‘yoga for cancer patients,’ and ‘tai chi for chemo.’ You will find a range of workouts that meet your needs. If you particularly like a YouTube channel, check out the other videos they have uploaded. Also, subscribe so you stay in the loop with any new videos they put out.
Gym-friendly chemo headwear
Go and check out our exclusive, fresh, and exciting chemo hats for exercising. It is a range made solely for female cancer patients. No doubt, this gym-friendly cancer headwear will complement your workout gear with ease.
Our gym headwear for cancer patients is built for ladies experiencing hair loss. Hence, the integration of double-layering and soft cotton ensures the highest comfort. Also, the fabric absorbs sweat due to its moisture-absorbent qualities. So, it is the perfect gym headwear for chemo patients. Additionally, every item in this range has useful features such as reflective details. In turn, this safety measure allows you to be visible at night. Plus, each hat has a convenient, hidden pocket to store keys or loose change. That way, your valuables will always be stored safe and secure.
Exercising not only improves your physical body but also your mental well-being. Our gym-friendly chemo headwear is fit for ladies experiencing hair loss. It is ideal for women wishing to strengthen the body during and after chemo. Thus, our Masumi Active Collection caters to the outdoors. So, no matter the weather, these breathable hats will insulate and keep you warm!
These attractive styles have cool designs such as geometric detail and zebra prints. The black, white, and grey tones coordinate with ease. Plus, Infinity Electric Green is perfect for women seeking a lively splash of color.
Final tips for working out during cancer
- Track your progress, e.g. look at your step count, use apps or a fit watch. In turn this will motivate you to carry on exercising and getting stronger.
- Make a weekly timetable, use a range of methods so you do not get bored. For example, walking on Monday, Tai-chi on Wednesday, yoga on Friday.
- Please remember to speak to your doctor if you have any other queries or start to feel unwell.
- Include stretches in your workouts.
- Do not compare your progress to others. Remember that cancer affects everyone differently. Plus, your physical strength before starting treatment affects how much you can manage.
- Keep your workouts fun and enjoyable. Exercising should not feel like a task.
- Set goals that you want to achieve. For example, by 1st February I want to be able to stand on one leg for 1 minute.
- Reward your achievements.
· Exercise with family members as this will motivate you!