Exercise has many benefits for people with cancer. According to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), anyone with cancer should participate in physical activity before, during and after their treatments2.
COSA exercise recommendations consist of both aerobic and resistance-based exercises, and include:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week – examples include jogging, swimming or cycling2.
- Two to three sessions of moderate or high-intensity resistance exercise –such as lifting weights, and these sessions should target all of your major muscle groups2.
It is important that you speak to a specialist, such as an accredited physiotherapist or physiologist so that your exercise programme can be tailored to your current level of fitness, whilst accommodating for your type of cancer, prognosis and any adverse effects you may be experiencing from current treatments2. The goal of your exercise programme should be to progress towards the above exercise recommendations where possible, and once achieved, maintain this level of activity2.