In the past, doctors often encouraged people with cancer and other chronic illnesses to rest while undergoing treatment.
Posted March 3,2018 in Lifestyle.
Now research shows that inactivity may increase recovery time and tiredness and that exercise can, in fact, help patients get better, says Kathryn Schmitz, a professor of epidemiology at Penn State College of Medicine.
Walking, in particular, can be helpful for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Recent studies suggest that as little as 20 minutes of moderately paced walking 5 days a week is enough to fight fatigue, the treatments’ most common and debilitating side efect.
Several organizations, such as Sunlower Wellness in San Francisco, provide free exercise counseling for cancer patients. Those looking for ongoing instruction can consult the American College of Sports Medicine, which trains and certiies health and itness experts to work with cancer patients, tailoring exercise routines to speciic diagnoses. (Find a trainer at certiication .acsm.org/pro-inder.) “Any amount of activity is valuable,” says Schmitz.