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Benefits of exercise during cancer treatment

Posted on October 23 2018

Over the past few years, research has emerged urging cancer patients to be as physically active as possible.  Instead of the required rest primarily suggested by healthcare professionals in the past, studies are proving regular exercise to be entirely beneficial in the treatment process. 

 

Know that we are cheering you on every step of the way and that you have a community full of supportive, loving women also cheering you on. 

While types and stages of cancer, along with personal needs, determine each individual’s ability to participate in physical activity, engaging in exercise with impact can improve patient quality of life and spur recovery.

According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the sooner a patient starts, the better off they will be as long as they incorporate the following three components into each exercise program:

 

  1. Aerobic Exercise (any type of cardiovascular training)
  2. Strength Training (anything to induce muscular contractions)
  3. Stretching 

Those who worked out prior to being diagnosed, may have simplified routines for each of the aspects above.  But if not, there are several ways to add light physical activities to everyday life.  Such as;

 

  1. Taking a walk with your BFF.
  2. Riding a bike to clear your mind.
  3. Dancing a little in your living room.
  4. Trying some yoga before bed.

Starting out slow may be necessary, but gradually building up stamina and sticking to routines while having cancer, may enhance one’s well-being. In fact, the American Cancer Society claims that exercising with cancer can help in the following ways:

  1. Reduced associated fatigue
  2. Prevent muscle wasting
  3. Reduce treatment side effects
  4. Improve fitness
  5. Improve quality of life

While there is no one way to exercise during cancer treatment, the benefits of breaking a sweat and getting one’s body moving, are becoming more and more clear for cancer patients.  Sticking to 30 minutes of physical activity a day for five or more days a week, could make all the difference in the world!

We got your back! Send us those new found routines. We'd love to hear how exercise benefited you or a friend of yours through your treatment.

Much Love,

FIP

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