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Cancer Rehabilitation with Exercise

2.5 hours of exercise a week could lower a breast cancer recurrence by 40%

Regular Training Improves Post Cancer Recovery

Did you know that regular Cancer Rehabilitation training with a personal trainer improves post cancer recovery?

Many cancer survivors may be inclined to rest and take it easy after treatment, but a British report is driving patients to increase their levels of exercise monitored by a personal trainer.

Light to Moderate Exercise Reduces Some Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

For those who can tough through it, light to moderate exercise regimen could help reduce some side effects of treatment. Studies have learned,  range-of-motion exercises, like arm extensions, and can help dramatically relieve the painful swelling of the arm, called lymphedema, which occurs after breast cancer surgery.

Evidence shows that physical exercise guided with a personal trainer can help patients who gained weight during treatment lose weight. The physical exercise can combat some of the exhaustion, boost energy and regain some mobility that stems from chemotherapy. The report noted that a minimum of 2.5 hours of exercise a week could lower a breast cancer recurrence by 40% and the patient’s risk of dying of cancer. Cancer Rehabilitation exercise can reduce the risk of a patient dying of  prostate cancer by 30%.

Rest a Few Days Before a Cancer Rehabilitation Fitness Program

The report mentioned that some patients will at times particularly at the height of their treatment be just too sick to exercise and advised to rest a few days before attempting a fitness program. The American Cancer Society encourages patients to discuss their exercise plans with their oncologists first, and understand the precautions. Among these precautions: avoiding exercise if you have anemia, and steer clear of strenuous exercise, like lifting heavy weights, or if you have developed osteoporosis, nerve damage or if the cancer has spread to the bone.

The American College of Sports Medicine’s panel of exercise and cancer researchers developed personal trainer’s guidelines for people who are recently completed or undergoing treatment. They recommend personal trainer’s apply various exercise techniques unique to the cancers and the side effects of their treatment, including strengthening routines for patients who have muscle mass loss and breast cancer survivors to perform shoulder-stabilizing exercises.

Find a Certified Personal Trainer – Contact Infofit

For patients looking to start a new regimen, Infofit has introduced a program that educates and certifies personal trainer’s to work with cancer patients, so they fully understand their goals and limitations. Patients can find a certified personal trainer in their area by contacting Infofit.