Nearly 9 out of 10 cancer survivors we interviewed confirmed the role of regular exercise in their recovery. We talked to survivors who have gone on to become joggers, runners, cyclists, swimmers and walkers – lots of walkers.
A brisk 20 minute walk each day with a form of strength training every other day is ideal.
Most inspiring are the patients who chose to determinately started exercise programs even whilst they were confined to their hospital beds or wheelchairs. In spite of the physical limits these people exercised what they could. If you are seeking to overcome cancer or to prevent it, physical exercise needs to be part of your program.
- Exercise routinely and be consistent to maintain the benefits.
- Ensure your exercise program is varied – with cardio vascular activities most days for 30-60 minutes and strength training 2-3 times a week to help increase bone strength, muscle strength and balance.
- Gentle stretching and balancing activities 2-3 times a week such as pilates, yoga or tai chi would also help your core strength.
- Exercise and rehab programs can be very helpful after surgical or radiation therapy.
- Regular movement activities can enhance your social, mental and spiritual well-being.