Exercise is encouraged and prescribed to every person across the world to promote optimum health. While exercise cannot guarantee or prevent all illnesses from occurring, training regularly positively contributes to greater overall health and wellbeing and mitigates the risk of disease.
For people with a cancer diagnosis, while rest is essential, it’s just as important to keep up with physical activity.1 Moving your body helps to manage treatment side effects, reduce recovery time and improve your overall outlook on life. Combined with a healthy diet, you can potentially prevent the recurrence of some cancer types. A healthy lifestyle also reduces the possibility of developing other health conditions like diabetes or heart disease.2
Many organisations across the world, including the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) and Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA), actively promote and encourage each cancer treatment plan to include exercise.3