Exercise

Does NOT mean you have to get sweaty and uncomfortable! Listen to your body and do what YOU are capable of.  A well rounded fitness routine involves both cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise to improve your heart and lungs, as well as resistance (strength) training to improve your muscular system.

Benefits include:

  • Stronger cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems
  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Weight loss/decreased body fat
  • Balances hormones associated with growth/development
  • Improved fatigue: Recent studies show resistance training to be as efficient at improving fatigue as Aerobic exercise.
  • Improves bone density
  • Improves strength of muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Improves joint function

Cardiovascular (Aerobic) exercise

This can be:

  • walking at a good pace
  • cycling
  • jogging or running
  • swimming
  • gym based equipment such as step machine, cross trainer, rower.
  • exercise classes.
AIMTo elevate your heart rate to a level which is higher than when you are doing general activity.
FREQUENCY2-3 x week (or more if you feel capable)
INTENSITYElevate heart rate to a safe level of breathlessness. R.P.E: 12-16
TIMEOverall duration: Aim to do 20mins. This can be broken down into shorter bouts: I.e walk slow 1min/ walk fast 1min
TYPEAny of the above, also includes hobbies/sports which elevate the heart rate

Resistance exercise

Can be done at home or in the park using BODYWEIGHT. Or with equipment such as:

  • dumbbells
  • resistance bands
  • medicine ball
  • gym based machines
  • gym based classes
AIMTo perform exercises which stimulate and strengthen your muscles.
FREQUENCY2 x week (ALLOW 48hrs between resistance training sessions for recovery)
INTENSITYIncrease/decrease intensity by firstly raising/lowering amount of repetitions or resistance. You can also increase or decrease intensity by having less/more rest in-between each circuit or exercise. Rest: at any point you feel necessary. Always make sure you maintain perfect technique during exercises. R.P.E: 12-16
TIME1-3 sets of 12-20 repetitions per exercise. Overall duration: Aim to do 20mins.
TYPEBodyweight or equipment

See our simple and effective weekly  ACTIVITY/EXERCISE plan.

Useful  Exercise links

Home exercise videos for cancer patients

Macmillan exercise DVD

Listen to patients speak about the benefits of exercise and activity

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