Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors
The relationship between cancer and physical activity has been extensively studied. Research indicates many benefits from physical activity, including reduced fatigue, weight loss or control, improved fitness, and general enhancement in your quality of life. Physically active people have, on average, a lower risk of colon, breast, endometrial, and lung cancers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults ages 18-64 receive 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. While this recommendation is for the general population, the American Cancer Society released physical activity and nutrition guidelines specifically for cancer survivors in 2017. This resource provides extensive information on physical activity throughout your survivorship journey.
As a cancer survivor, it may be difficult to find the energy to be physically active. However, making the effort to increase or maintain your physical activity throughout your survivorship experience can reduce your risk for cancer recurrence or your risk for developing a second cancer. Low impact exercise such as yoga or tai chi offers a good opportunity for cancer survivors to ease back into consistent physical activity, all while improving their breathing, mental health, and overall wellbeing. The American Cancer Society offers recommendations for incorporating physical activity into your survivorship experience.
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