Physical activity is one of the seven pillars of self-care – which you may remember we introduced last week.
Regular exercise improves fitness, mood, sleep quality and overall health. If you are recovering or being treated for cancer, you may be placing a priority on getting some rest, but research shows that exercise can benefit most people with cancer during and after treatment.
We know exercise can boost mental health and help reduce the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, but it can also help reduce the risk of some types of cancers coming back (recurrence). Along with a healthy diet, being physically active may even improve how you respond to certain treatments and can help manage some of the common side effects of treatment. Speeding up your recovery and improving your overall quality of life are also benefits of keeping active while being treated for cancer.
There is growing evidence to suggest that couples who sweat together really do stay together! Exercising together can increase happiness within your relationship, increase your emotional bond, and even improve the efficiency of your workouts.
Check out these useful links below for tips on exercising:
- Exercise for people living with cancer
- Your secret weapon during cancer treatment? Exercise!
- Cancer – exercise to help you cope
- Cancer Council exercise videos
- Pilates Anytime (great for beginners)
- No equipment at-home workouts
- 15 minute chair workout (a full body workout and all you need is your dining room chair!)