As has been said many times before - and in many different ways - if there was a health superhero, it would be exercise. Pretty much anything you'd care to name seems to be improved by getting enough physical activity. Among the benefits of exercise are the following:
- improved mood
- lowers risk of diabetes and other conditions
- lowered risk of dementia
- improved self esteem
- helps control weight
- builds stamina
In fact, one doctor who is quoted on the NHS Choices exercise page goes as far as to say that "If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented".
However, when recovering from cancer treatment is it still beneficial to get active? According to this guide, it used to be that doctors would recommend patients reast after treatment, but that greater numbers of clinicians and oncologists now believe in a exercise 'as a strategy' in helping with the side effects of cancer treatment, speeding recovery and for general improvement in quality of life.
Of course if you have cancer and are interested in exercising, the guide we link to above does say that it's very important to err on the side of caution and communicate with your medical team to make sure that you're not purring yourself at any risk by exercising.
Focus is also placed on enjoyment - doing something that you enjoy such as going for a walk in the park or doing a salsa class, as they point out that when you're recovering from treatment it's all about the benefits of getting some physical activities rather than trying to be superfit.
For more info on cancer and physical activity please also visit this link to Macmillan cancer care