Exercise

Move it or lose it! By now, it’s no secret that staying active is critical to staying healthy. Research has consistently shown that regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer. In addition, regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and increase energy.

Exercise is no quick fix – instead, it’s a permanent lifestyle change, a commitment to taking care of your body for the long-term. Our bodies were meant to move. Long ago, physical activity was inherently built into our lifestyle – but as our society has shifted away from physical labor and become more reliant on automobile transportation, we have become more sedentary and our bodies have paid the price.

Exercise is for everyone. Our bodies never stop needing it, even when we’re fighting cancer. While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise is one of the best fatigue-fighting tools out there. Cancer patients who maintain an exercise program throughout treatment report less fatigue and a better quality of life. Furthermore, caregivers faced with the stress of caring for a loved one can benefit from exercise.

You don’t have to be a super-athlete to reap the benefits of exercise. There are a variety of ways to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle. The following articles provide current, clinically researched information about the benefits of exercise before, during, and after cancer treatment. For information about incorporating nutrition into your healthy, balanced lifestyle, go to Nutrition and Cancer.

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Articles

Increased Physical Activity Proven to Prevent Certain Cancers

Increased Physical Activity Proven to Prevent Certain Cancers

Results from a recent study analyzing the relationship of physical activity and cancer indicated that physical activity results in a risk reduction of 13 types [...]


Run for a Cause

Run for a Cause

Nonprofit organizations continue to serve their mission and participants’ wellness through endurance event team building. By Diana Price  Peer-to-peer fundraising through endurance ath­letic events is [...]


Working Out With Weights?

Working Out With Weights?

Tips for Keeping Your Lower Back Safe By Mia James We hear a lot about the benefits of weight-bearing activity for women, including weightlifting. We [...]


Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

Walking in nature is good for your mind, body, and soul. Longtime hikers describe their love of the activity and offer tips to get started. [...]


YOGA Is for Every Body

Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman Yee says that the transformative benefits of yoga are available to everyone. By Diana Price As far as fitness trends go, [...]


Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN!

Two young social entrepreneurs inspire African-American women to lace up their running shoes and take on the obesity epidemic in their community feet-first.   By Diana [...]


Lift Your Way to Fitness

Lift Your Way to Fitness

Lifting weights is a key ingredient of a good exercise program. By Ann Bloom Chronic cardio—it’s a common exercise condition among women. The thinking goes [...]


Fight the Five Fears of Aging with Exercise

Fight the Five Fears of Aging with Exercise

Beginning around age 40, many women notice changes in their bodies that sound an alarm. You may be perplexed by creeping weight gain and stubborn [...]


Yoga Improves Sleep Quality in Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors who participated in a special yoga program reported better sleep quality and less reliance on sleep medication, according to the results of a [...]


Boost Your Balance

Boost Your Balance

Balance is the most overlooked aspect of fitness. We spend a lot of time focusing on strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility—but what about balance? By [...]


Take to the Trails

Trail running is a fast-growing sport that offers women fitness, stress relief, and community. By Diana Price I’m a runner. I’m not very fast, I [...]


6 Reasons to Skip Your Workout

6 Reasons to Skip Your Workout

We all have those mornings when we’d rather lounge around in our jammies with an extra cup of coffee than make our way to the [...]


Eat Out without the Extra Calories

Eat Out without the Extra Calories

Avoiding calorie overload in restaurants The holiday season is filled with fun, vacations, and lots of socializing—which may mean more meals in restaurants and fewer [...]


Weight Loss After 40

Weight Loss After 40

By Paulette Lambert, RD, CDE Director of Nutrition, California Health & Longevity Institute Good-bye, estrogen; hello, body fat! Ask any woman over 40 years of [...]


Weighing the Risks: Obesity and Cancer

“For the great majority of Americans who do not use tobacco, weight control, dietary choices, and levels of physical activity are the most important modifiable [...]