Let’s Get Moving!


Recovering from cancer is about getting your juices flowing with movement, stretching, and weight-bearing activity. You don’t need to buy an expensive gym membership or invest in fancy exercise clothes. Quality shoes, proper breast support, and breathable clothing are the only requirements for most exercise.

If you haven’t been engaging in regular exercise, you may not know how to get started. You may feel too tired or too busy to exercise. One of the best remedies for tiredness and combating the stress of a busy life is to exercise.

The American Cancer Society recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise five times per week, preferably 45-60 minutes. But before you dismiss increasing your physical activity because of time constraints, take heart. The exercise need not be done all at once. Several 10-minute exercise breaks throughout the day are just as effective.

Movement need not involve strenuous lifting or competitive team sports either. One of the best exercises is walking. For an all-weather, do-anywhere-and-anytime option, walking can’t be beaten. If you put on your thinking cap, no doubt you can come up with many safe, clean, well-lit places to walk.

For example, many shopping malls across the country open their doors before store hours for people to walk for exercise. Even during your routine daily activities, you can pump up the activity value by increasing your pace, walking instead of using the elevator, or parking further from the entrance and walking the extra distance. Each of these can give you several additional bursts of exercise throughout the day.