In the past people being treated for a chronic illness or cancer were told by their doctors to rest and reduce their physical activity.
However, recent research is showing exercise to be safe during cancer treatments. It has also been shown to improve your quality of life mentally and physically and give you a more positive outlook, prompting many doctors to change their advice to patients.
The message is now to get active and establish a routine of at least 30 minutes per day of exercise or at least 5 days a week.

Recent research is also suggesting that physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some kinds of cancers, such as colon cancer, breast cancers, prostate cancer, lung cancer and endometrial cancer. It has also shown to reduce the recurrence of breast cancer by nearly 40% and prostate cancer patients saw a 30% reduction in fatalities.

So, what exercise options do you have while undergoing tiring and often depleting therapy? Here are some easy aerobic activity ideas below:

  • Walking.
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Yoga
  • Pilates (there are many global ‘Pink Pilates’ programmes which are dedicated to helping women and men find strength while undergoing cancer treatment)
  • Qi Gong
  • Go dancing
  • Listen to your body and exercise at your own pace.
  • Remember to have fun!

Check out what the American Cancer Society says about the benefits of exercise, it is a very comprehensive article.