Article contributed by Tammy Adams, R.N.
As a kick start to 2020 I invite you to look at what you are currently doing to maintain your health and what you might add this next year.
In October of 2019, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) expert panel reviewed more than 1000 research studies and released updated recommendations for physical activity related to cancer prevention and survivorship. The evidence for the following benefits of physical activity was overwhelming:
30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week improved:
Strong evidence also indicates that physical activity is associated with longer survival in breast, colon, prostate and possibly other cancers.
These findings led the panel to initiate a “call to action” for oncology care teams and primary care providers. These doctors were strongly encouraged to advise cancer survivors to become physically active and also refer cancer survivors to either healthcare provider supervised physical activity or to community or home programs. These are their suggested physical activity recommendations:
Want to increase your physical activity?
The ACSM report also suggests that a supervised, tailored exercise program for 8-12 weeks is beneficial in managing side effects of treatment. These programs may be offered through your healthcare provider or through your community.
Set a goal and share it with other members online in the Cancer: Managing Symptoms group. Research shows sharing fitness goals with friends helps you stick to your program and reach your goals big and small.
What are you doing for physical activity now? Have you found supportive exercise programs where you live? What can you do today to become more active?