For Your Health : Survivorship Exercise

Survivorship Exercise

AVOID INACTIVITY

Regular physical activity is an integral part of the wellness routine! The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) all recommend that physical activity be a part of the lifestyle of every cancer survivor both during and after treatment.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES

Achieve 150 minutes/week of moderate activity. To meet recommendations you should total 150 minutes/week of moderate to strenuous activity. This breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 days per week. Activity can include brisk walking, outdoor cycling, or group exercise classes. Bouts of activity can be performed continuously for 30 minutes or can be broken down into smaller sessions of 10 minutes. Remember, some activity is better none. During treatment even small amounts of physical activity can result in higher energy levels, decreased stress, decreased anxiety and a better quality of life. After treatment, physical activity can be a powerful tool in the fight for recovery from cancer. Create a consistent daily routine of activity and try to return to normal activities soon after cancer treatment.

STEPS TO SUCCESS

Set Realistic, Measurable and Timely Goals! Setting a specific and measurable goal is a key component to success. Goals should be realistic, not drastic in nature. Don’t be afraid to start small, since getting started is more important than being perfect. Make sure your goals are something you believe you can accomplish. Remember, obstacles to physical activity can come in all shapes and sizes; however, identifying benefits that are important to YOU can help keep you motivated and on track.

CONTACT The HEAD and NECK CANCER TEAM:

Phone: 305-213-5685
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