It used to be doctors wanted you to rest, lower your physical activity and take it easy if you had cancer. But newer research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during cancer treatment, it’s now recommended! In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) are urging doctors to encourage their patients to be as physically active as possible before, during and after cancer treatment and here’s why.

Regular exercise, as simple as a brisk walk, can help cancer patients and survivors:

Maintain their …

Improve their …

Reduce their …

  • Physical abilities
  • Self-dependency
  • Healthy body weight
  • Ability to stay social
  • Stamina
  • Motivation
  • Treatment tolerance
  • Ability to sleep
  • Circulation
  • Self esteem
  • Recovery times
  • Fitness levels
  • Quality of life
  • Balance
  • Fatigue
  • Treatment related side-effects
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Risk of osteoporosis
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Mood disturbances
  • Menopausal symptoms

Give yourself every advantage in treating and moving beyond cancer by including regular exercise in your life. If you have been exercising, keep doing so, and even if you have been sedentary all your life, it’s never too late to begin!

Remember, always consult your physician before starting any new exercise program and be sure to contact them if you suspect there is a problem.