Exercise for cancer survivors is beneficial and helps improving the quality of life. Following a program of regular physical activity helps and supports the recovery. However, It is important to take a few precautions to practice in a safe way.

Exercise in cancer survivorship

Cancer survivors and exercise benefits

Exercise for cancer survivors has been proven to be beneficial during the recovery process, by improving cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, happiness and quality of life.
Given the overwhelming evidence, it is clear that being physically active is essential to live healthily.
It's been medically proven that people who engage in regular physical activity enjoy benefits such as: lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, early death, osteoarthritis, hip fracture, depression and dementia.

NHS Choices (n.d.). Benefits of exercise. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx

​Tips for Increasing Physical Activity

Exercise advice for cancer survivors

  • Choose to travel by foot or cycle over other modes of transport.
  • Monitor your daily steps by wearing a pedometer.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Recruit roommates, friends, family and co-workers for exercising.
  • Exercise and stretch while watching TV.
  • Take active breaks, such as stretching or going on short walks.
  • Get up and go talk to friends, family and co-workers.
  • Choose activity holidays that involve some physical exertion.


NHS Choices (n.d.). Why sitting too much is bad for your health. Retrieved from http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/sitting-and-sedentary-behaviour-are-bad-for-your-health.aspx