A review of more than 100 research studies has been recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and examined the role of exercise on the survivorship of cancer in over ten thousand cancer patients worldwide. The results showed that the mortality rate for those who exercised regularly dropped by 28-44 percent.
Furthermore, the rate of cancer returning dropped by a massive 35 percent with individuals who undertook regular exercise. The reduction in the risk of mortality and subsequent rate of cancer returning achieved through exercise is on top of all the benefits written about previously; drop in cancer related fatigue, reduced loss of lean muscle tissue, increased feeling of wellbeing, reduced loss of bone density etc.
So how do you define ‘regular’ exercise and what type of exercise should you be doing during cancer treatment?
The guidelines on exercise during cancer treatment supported by ESSA and an increasing body of research suggests in order for your to experience significant benefits you should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, and three 30 minute moderate intensity resistance training sessions (strength training). It’s important to note that walking alone was not sufficient to unlock these benefits; the role of regular strength training was a pivotal component to reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and reducing mortality rates.
If you require assistance in getting set up on an appropriate exercise plan during cancer treatment please call our team of Exercise Physiologists at Inspire Fitness on 9857 3007.