Cancer and Fitness

Cancer and Fitness

Our intern personal trainer, Kimbra presented to our group of trainers about  cancer and the positive effects of fitness.  Here is a synopsis of what was discussed.

“Physical activity is the single largest modifiable risk factor we know of to prevent reoccurrence.”

1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women—will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. The good news: it is not a death sentence. For many of the most common forms of cancer—including breast, prostate and skin—the 5-year survival rates following an early-stage diagnosis are close to 90% or higher. As more and more physicians recommend exercise, many survivors will be looking for support from the fitness community and will not find much help. This is where we can set ourselves apart from the crowd, by not being scared and turning them away because we will have knowledge regarding cancer and we will be able to train clients these clients.

“Following the shock of diagnosis, one of the first things cancer patients want to know is: What can I do to make sure this disease doesn’t come back, and doesn’t kill me? According to Culos-Reed, who also conducts research on the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors, “Physical activity is the single largest modifiable risk factor we know of to prevent reoccurrence.” A recent review in the British Journal of Sports Medicine identified nine studies showing that physical activity reduced the risk of death in cancer survivors. Most striking was the finding, across a number of studies, that 3 hours a week of moderate-intensity exercise was associated with a 50%–53% lower risk of death in breast cancer survivors and a 39%–59% lower risk of death in colon cancer survivors. Although other forms of cancer have not been studied sufficiently to draw strong conclusions, there is no reason to suspect that exercise would not benefit people with other types of cancer. Living longer is a powerful motivator, but quality of life can be equally important. A recent national survey of more than 9,000 cancer survivors found that for all types of cancer, meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity was associated with a higher health-related quality of life, including less pain, fewer difficulties completing daily tasks, better physical functioning and better general health,”

Before beginning an exercise program, it’s essential that a physician’s referral or clearance and a medical history be obtained East london personal trainer.

People who were physically active before they were diagnosed with cancer may wonder if they can continue participating in the physical activities they used to enjoy. Others, who view a cancer diagnosis as a wake-up call to become less sedentary, may wonder whether they can embark on a new exercise program during or after treatment.
Finding the Right Activity

We stress that it’s important for cancer patients and their caregivers to speak with their doctors before undertaking any kind of exercise program. Often the ability to perceive your own comfort with movement can be clouded by medications that you’re taking.

Physical and occupational therapy are an important component of recovery for many patients, especially those who have had surgery, but when the sessions end, many people may question how they can return to their regular exercise routine.

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