How can i improve stamina after chemotherapy?
I've started dieting by counting calories (my daily target is apparently 2604, which seems quite high) although i've been sticking to this so far, a couple of times ~200Kcal under this. This calorie intake will supposedly make me lose 2lb per week?
Today i also thought to help this I'd do something I always enjoyed doing, swimming. So i went to the pool today (25m one) and when i first got in all i could manage was 3 lengths before i felt shattered and my arms just felt like jelly, had to tread water the last 5 metre's. I just kept on resting and then doing another 2lengths, sometimes even 1. All of the time i was breathing quite heavily and my muscle's felt quite weak (naturally i'm quite a big build and my arms are quite musclely), so i wasn't expecting for my arms to feel like this at all, the tiredness i was kind of expecting, but not to that extent! Also, what effort would this class as, in terms of mild, moderate or vigorous, i felt i was really pushing myself and I was breathless 80-90% of the time, even while i was resting and building up to the next couple of lengths.
I'm not sure why I felt so breathless after such a short exercise (although i do swim medium-fast, i really can't go any slower, i tried going at a more relaxed pace, but the pace i was doing seemed more natural to me). I have a feeling it has something to do with the Bleomycin drug I was given as part of my ABVD chemotherapy, as i sometimes felt short of breath for a minute or so, while i was recovering from the treatment between weeks, although this would happen randomly, sometimes just laying down watching TV.
I'm not sure what i can do to help improve my stamina and any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Thanks in advance,