It’s important to check in with your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise program. If you’ve been exercising for a long time, you may very well be able to continue on with your routine, however, you will most likely need to make modifications during your treatments. If you are new to exercise, you will want to start out slowly and gradually build-up your program.

A great way to start is by completing a fitness assessment, which will help you determine your current level of fitness. You can perform several self-assessments, provided on this site, or engage the help of a professional personal trainer.  It’s important that the person working with you understands your diagnosis and limitations. Be sure to find a cancer exercise specialist, or physical therapist that can work with you and your doctor to determine what exercises are appropriate for you. Your fitness assessment may include:

          • Aerobic capacity test to how well your heart and lungs are working
          • Flexibility Measurements
          • Circumference Measurements
          • Muscle Endurance tests
          • Body fat or BMI to help determine your ideal weight
          • Blood pressure reading
          • Blood lipid profile

Based on your results, a safe and effective exercise prescription can then be written for you using the FITT formula which stands for:

Frequency: How often you should exercise
Intensity: How hard you should exercise
Time: How long you should exercise
Type: What type of exercise you should do

 

There are several self assessments that you can perform to help figure your baseline fitness levels and help you monitor your progress. Examples are provided with each type of exercise and results can be recorded on the Fitness Assessment Results Sheet.