Did you know that those who commit to exercising after a breast cancer diagnosis:
Experience fewer or less severe treatment related side effects (think cancer-related fatigue and mental distress);
Have a lower level risk of their cancer coming back;
Have a lower relative risk of dying from their cancer; and
Improve their quality of life.
Exercise also provides better energy levels, better sleep, and less chemo brain!
Knowing all that.....why wouldn't you do it?!
If you’re a regular listener to The Pink Movement Podcast you’d know just how passionate I am about exercise following a breast cancer diagnosis. Not only is it evidence based and PROVEN by research, but it is one of the very few things you can do for yourself to do your bit in fighting your cancer.
So I've decided to make it my mission to encourage those with a breast cancer diagnosis to MAKE MOVEMENT THEIR MISSION!
So here's some tips to get started:
If you can, find a buddy to exercise with
If you feel it will help, us a FitBit or activity tracker to monitor your movement
You don’t have to go to the gym! You can do it yourself if you want to.
If you can, have a bit of a goal in mind – and they don’t have to be big, small goals will do.
Set a program for yourself that’s achievable
Be realistic about what you want to achieve
If you do need help, go along to a gym or seek help from a professional:
Note: As a breast cancer survivor the above two services are eligible for subsidies through Medicare (so ask your GP) and private health insurance.
Some organisations or programs you might like to check out:
Dragons Abreast Australia
YWCA Encore Program
The most important thing you can do is just get moving. Find what works for you and commit to moving every day. And that’s regardless of whether you’re just diagnosed, in the midst of treatment or surgeries, in recovery, or even 5 or 10 years down the track.
For more information, download The Pink Movement MOVE MORE booklet today. The booklet is a great little takeaway to get you started on your movement journey post breast cancer diagnosis, and includes:
Why we should be exercising
Types of exercise to consider
How much exercise is recommended
Tips to get started
Where to seek professional help
Organisations to have a look at
A few videos to check out
In the famous words of Nike....Just Do It!