Move On

You don't have to train like an Olympian to fight cancer with movement.  In fact, you don't even have to go to the gym, although it's great if you can.  Studies show even simply walking 15 minutes a few times a week will improve your cancer survival. 

move on to a healthy life

But it doesn't even have to be walking.  If you live on a busy street, and don't want to walk, there are many ways to get the body moving.  Put on some music and dance!  Or be practical and find a way work more movement and stretching into your daily chores, then you'll have the benefit of getting exercise and the satisfaction of a cleaner house.

The benefits of exercise:

One of the greatest challenges to surviving cancer, is the tremendous toll the treatment takes on your body.  You're tired, depressed.  You can't sleep.  You worry.  It's hard to keep up.  It feels like you can barely get through the day, let alone find time (or motivation) to exercise.

But study after study is showing that a commitment to moving will help with all of these issues.  In an analysis of 61 clinical trials, those who exercised during treatment had improved quality of life, fitness, energy, strength, with reduced anxiety, and depression.

If it is hard for you to get started, then start small.  Begin by walking around the block, or better yet, go to a park and hike a lovely path.  Try putting on music while you are cleaning and dance around.  Commit to doing something energizing every day - and then when you are comfortable with that, try a more structured routine: take a dance class, swim aerobics, or visit the gym.


Two separate studies in 2017 showed a direct impact on walking daily and survival, saying it may cut the risk of dying from cancer, even in more advanced stages of the disease. 

Aerobic exercise is good for every body, but especially helpful when recovering from cancer. 

Yoga is a wonderful way to bring the mind and body together to heal, and improve health and well-being.  Yoga has not been studied in terms of improved cancer survival, but it has been linked to improved quality of life.

For many cancer survivors, drugs can impair balance.  If you've had chemotherapy, then you'll need to be even more careful, as the decreased bone-density will make you more prone to injury if you fall.

Cancer treatment can have an impact on your bone density, for example, a woman who has chemotherapy can lose as much bone density in a year as she would have lost in a decade.  It's important to maintain bone density, and weight training is one…

While you should take it easy after surgery, after you've recovered, you will probably feel stiffness, and reduced range of motion around the location of the surgery.  There may also be a build up of scar tissue that causes discomfort.