Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keep moving - Exercises for cancer survivors

Exercising is now a main stream adjunct treatment for cancer patients. All major cancer centers in the world avocate exercises to enhance better health and tolerance to cancer treatments. There are tremendous benefits from exercising.

Donna Wilson, the Fitness Instructor and Fitness coordinator at the Integrative Medicine Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center shows us how simple it is. Studies show strong links between physical activities and a reduced risk of prostrate,lung and endometrial cancers.

The American Cancer Society recommends adults to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, 5 of more days a week;45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity are preferred.

Prostrate cancer exercise outcomes determine that it is safe, it does not affect PSA, shows improvement in ADT treatment, radiation treatments, improved musclular strength, lower incontinence, and also improve balance.

On the contary, exercising is not confined to the gym or outdoor activities. It can be safely done in the comfort of your home. The exercises demonstrated in the video below are just as effective in cardiac health, breathing and musclular developments. It will certainly be a good start in preparing for other outdoor exercises like walking, jogging, swimming and cycling. Gym works and weight resistance exercises will complement on whatever you had intended to do.

However do exercise with caution and great care. Do it slowly and incremental in time and levels of difficulties.

View the video.

Thank you Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.

Go for it, keep moving !

Allen Lai

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