Exercise not only prevents disease it also reduces stress. Making time to get outside or just simply “get moving” makes us stronger, healthier versions of ourselves. But did you know being active also reduces your risk of cancer and helps foster a healthy survivorship for people living with cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for a physically active lifestyle:
- Adults: Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week, or an equivalent combination preferably spread throughout the week.
- Children and adolescents: Engage in at least one hour of moderate or vigorous activity each day, with vigorous activity on at least three days a week.
- Limit sedentary behavior such as sitting, lying down, watching TV, and other forms of screen-based entertainment.
- Physical activity above usual activities, at every activity level, can have many health benefits.
Physical Activity After a Cancer Diagnosis
For those who are recently diagnosed or have lived several years past a cancer diagnosis, the American Cancer Society has set the following guidelines for physical activity:
- Avoid being inactive and return to normal daily activities as soon as possible following diagnosis.
- Exercise at least 150 minutes per week.
- Include strength training exercises at least two days per week.
For more information, order Guide for Patients with a Recent Cancer Diagnosis.