In recent years, many studies have been carried out in the field of physical exercise and health, particularly in oncology. There is a consensus on the benefits of physical exercise in preventing cancer. But what we now know is that it is equally essential during and after the disease.

Unfortunately, there is still a belief that people with cancer should rest. But if this exercise is properly adapted to each stage of the cancer journey, it is a great ally in treatment, bringing benefits in terms of reducing fatigue associated with treatments, reducing anxiety and depression, improving self-esteem and better physical functioning, helping to improve quality of life at this stage of the disease, which brings so many challenges.

After treatment, physical exercise by cancer survivors is associated with a reduced risk of relapse, lower mortality, and improved quality of life.

With all these benefits, we increasingly believe that physical exercise should be prescribed by doctors to all people with cancer, regardless of their stage.

The general recommendations are at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous intensity (American Cancer Association).

Accompaniment by a qualified professional can help to reduce fears on the part of people diagnosed with cancer and health professionals themselves, who may feel safer making these recommendations that bring so many benefits to the health of this group.

By Andreia Costa, nurse, Yoga instructor at the Aim Cancer Centre ( Instagram: @aimcancercenter).
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