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Dec 12, 2018

Movement is Good Medicine

By Wendy Hanson, @wendyhanson

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Research not only shows that physical activity reduces the risk of a variety of cancer types, it also suggests the idea people with a cancer diagnosis should be active throughout all stages of survivorship. The idea has gone as far as encouraging doctors to prescribe exercise as a strategy to improve quality of life and long-term outcomes for cancer survivors.

The research is strong showing positive benefits for cancer survivors, including:

  • Decreasing fatigue
  • Improving balance and flexibility
  • Boosting energy and mood
  • Improving heart and bone health
  • Reducing risk of cancer returning

Adding exercise and movement to your day doesn't need to be complicated. Start slow and be creative. Even small changes in your daily routine can make a difference. Getting started can be the hardest part, so here are a few ideas:

  • Talk with your health care provider first if you have any long-term medical conditions.
  • Plan your strategy — try adding 10, 20 and 30 minute sessions of some form of activity each day. Planning and being purposeful about setting aside time for daily activity increases follow through.
  • Choose activities you enjoy — it'll be easier to stick with your plan that way.
  • Explore new ways to exercise — dance, walk, climb stairs, swim, etc. All movement counts.
  • Wear a pedometer — tracking your progress can be a great way to get immediate feedback and can serve as positive encouragement for adding more steps each day (1 mile is about 2,000 steps).
  • Make it a habit — it takes approximately 30 days to create a habit.

Has your health care provider prescribed physical activity for you? Please share your thoughts on the topic and what has worked for you.


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