Staying fit is an important part of overall wellness, no matter where in your breast cancer journey you are.
Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Prevention
Want ideas and tips for fitness? You came to the right place.
Exercise is good for everyone. Being active is good for you physically, but it is also good for your mental health. Being active has benefits like sleeping better, helping with maintaining a healthy weight, it builds muscles and studies show it can help prevent disease, including breast cancer. Mentally, activity improves your mood.
So how much exercise do we need? The American Cancer Society has suggested that adults get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week OR 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, OR a combination of both.
Studies show that being physically active may lower your risk for breast cancer and some studies suggest that physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis may lower the chance of recurrence. So let’s get moving!
When I was in the beginning of treatment, I was very fatigued. Moving around the house and a walk in the yard were as much as I could muster some days. This is still movement. It makes you feel good, it boosts your mood and it really can give you more energy. I took it slow and was able to build up longer trips around the yard.
Once I had completed treatment and my fatigue began to lessen, I started to do aerobic workouts in my living room. I also loved to walk and I found that was something I could do everywhere and it didn’t feel like it required as much energy as aerobics.
You always want to be sure you don’t start a new exercise activity program without checking with your doctor. I checked with my doctor prior to starting any exercise program. When I was ready to increase my activity level, I checked in again.
These are some activities that I have enjoyed over the years:
- Bike Riding
- Light stretching
Your body has been through a lot, start out slow. Choose an activity you enjoy and will want to do on a regular basis. Being consistent with your fitness routine is what will make it beneficial to your health.
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