Ways for breast cancer patients to exercise
Apr 22, 2011
Breast cancer patients should continue to exercise depending on their self assessment of fatigue, according to a new report from Fox News.
"You have to listen to your body. If you're totally fatigued, then give yourself permission to take a day off. But if you feel like you're only slightly or moderately fatigued, anything you do is better than nothing,"Josie Gardiner, the author of The Breast Cancer Survivor's Fitness Plan, told the news source.
The four areas of exercise that everyone, not just breast cancer survivors, should focus on are aerobic, balance, stretching and strength training.
If a breast cancer survivor is unable to do 30 minutes of activities, then doing 10 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a day - be it walking or running at a moderate pace - is just as beneficial, according to the news source.
Bone density and muscle loss is also a big problem facing breast cancer survivors. Thus, maintaining strength through lifting weights can help keep one's muscles in shape.
Finally, stretching the shoulders and practicing balance - by standing on one leg for 60 seconds, for example - are all ways that breast cancer survivors can keep healthy.
For the one in eight women in the U.S. that the American Cancer Society estimates will be diagnosed with breast cancer, exercise and emotional positivity are important things linked to lower changes of cancer recurrence.