Be Wise – Exercise
A healthy, balanced lifestyle includes regular exercise at least five times a week!
There is growing evidence that engaging in physical activity may reduce the risk of cancer and so the younger you get active, the better.
- Adults: should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, above usual activities, on five or more days of the week.
- Children and adolescents: should engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week.
Physical activity forms an integral part of energy balance. Energy balance means that you will maintain a healthy body weight if you take in the same amount of energy (diet) as you burn off.
If you take in more energy than you spend, you will gain weight. Obesity has been linked to many kinds of cancer, as well as other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and hypertension. Read more…
For a person with ideal body weight, physical activity may directly reduce the risk of cancer. Check with your registered healthcare professional before starting an exercise programme.
Exercise is not only beneficial to help reduce cancer risk, but also to help cancer patients and those in remission.
There are 3 Broad Categories of Exercise Intervention:
- Exercise intervention in terms of reducing cancer risk: this applies to all patients with possible predisposing factors for developing cancer (based on healthy lifestyle, weight control, etc).
- Exercise intervention while on treatment for cancer: to reduce fatigue, increase quality of life, as well as to promote the physiological advantages of exercising, which could promote the actual treatment.
- Exercise intervention for cancer Survivors: to improve quality of life, as well as the development of a healthy lifestyle.
Get CANSA Active
Find out more our CANSA Active Programme & how you can participate in your favourite sporting event and support CANSA while you have fun…