When you finish a chemotherapy treatment, you are fully happy because, finally, you have healed but the chemotherapy has been hard, very hard and your body is no longer what it was! I felt tired, or rather totally exhausted. There were even days that I doubted if one day I would really be well again! But, little by little the days go by and it seems that you are better, you cross your fingers and say go ahead! It was at that moment that I began to look for information on what I could do to find myself better physically. I was, before the disease, a moderately active person and wanted to do the things I did before cancer. This is how I discovered that returning to exercise gradually brought me back to my previous energy level and that, in addition, it was useful to prevent relapses! I thought: "I already have it!"
And it is that all the studies I have consulted confirm this: regular exercise is very positive in cancer patients. And what exactly do you recommend? Well, I exercise moderately every week, and when I say "every week" I want to say that. It is not worth exercising three days in a row and then being on the couch for fifteen days because you have invented any excuse;)
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For example, researchers at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the United States studied the lack of physical activity in 5,807 cancer patients from 10 years before to one year after diagnosis. And what was your conclusion? Well, patients who exercised regularly, both before and after treatment, were 40% more likely to survive compared to those who were sedentary. In addition, this was true for different types of cancers, including breast cancer!
So DO EXERCISE MODERATE EXERCISE TWO TIMES PER WEEK. But, don't get obsessed: it doesn't need to be daily because the benefits are the same as if you do it at least two days a week.
And if you're not one of the people who exercised regularly before of the disease, it doesn't matter! According to this study, patients who had never exercised before and who began to do so after their diagnosis had also increased their survival by almost 30%.
So don't think about it again. This is one of the most important things you can do to feel better both physically and mentally. Regular exercise will make you feel that you are still facing the disease but, this time, in an active and very positive way!
More information at: Rikki A. Cannioto, Shruti Dighe, Karen Hulme, Alexandra Drake, Susan E. McCann, Christine B. Ambrosone: “The associations of habitual physical inactivity with cancer outcomes: Evidence from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Data Bank and BioRepository. ” American Association for Cancer Research. 2018.
You can read the full information here: https://www.roswellpark.org/media/news/sedentary-lifestyle-drastically-increases-risk-dying-cancer