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Exercise helps keep your body fit and strong. It can help boost physical and mental wellbeing. And it can be fun!

The most important thing to consider when planning any sort of exercise is the impact of the activity on your bones. Myeloma weakens the bones, making them more vulnerable to fractures. That's why it's wise for you to avoid contact or more adventurous sports that place you at higher risk of injury.

A very good way to reduce pressure on your bones is by strengthening your muscles. If you attend a gym, be sure to explain your situation to your instructor, and to ask for advice about exercises that can help you improve muscle strength. 

Types of exercise


  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Gentle aqua-aerobics
  • Gentle gym work
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Light, non-contact
  • Good for overall health
  • Help strengthen muscles and bones
  • Due to the specific problems associated with myeloma, be sure to always seek the advice of a physiotherapist or qualified sports trainer before starting an exercise program.
  • Warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after each session are important to help prevent muscle strain.

If you haven't exercised in a while, take it slow at first and give yourself time to build up your stamina. Pace yourself. See how you feel immediately after exercising and a day or so later, and only do what feels comfortable.

If you have less energy during and after treatments, and can't do as much as you could before, don't get too discouraged or frustrated. It's normal to feel more tired after exercise, and may actually help you sleep.

Always remember that it's important to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel any pain, stop what you're doing immediately.