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Breast Cancer & Exercise – Does it really help?

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Swimming ExerciseAll of our lives, we have been hammered by the importance of exercise by nearly everybody for any and every reason under the sun!  Our parents, our doctors, the media, TV, on the internet.. anywhere you look.. your toe hurts? exercise! want to loose weight? exercise! want to stay alive? exercise! want to make more money and love? exercise!

Alright so we all know keeping fit and exercising helps keep us healthy and potentially avoid or heal some diseases.  But what about cancer? what about breast cancer? What about post mastectomy and cancer?

We were curious too, we set out to find some information on the subject by finding the latest and the greatest research from some of the top notch organisations in the field.

Exercise and Breast Cancer

Studies conducted by renown institutions such as The American Cancer Society, John Hopkins, Susan G. Komen and many more show a common thread in preventing Breast Cancer and/or the re-occurrence of  Breast Cancer through regular exercise.

The American Cancer society notes:

“…women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer exercise regularly (about 4 hours per week) to improve their quality of life and reduce the risk of developing new cancers.”

John Hopkins Medicine suggest a similar amount of light exercise:

“Exercising regularly improves fatigue symptoms, reduces stress, and impacts long-term overall health. The ten-year survival rate is higher in patients who exercise regularly than in patients who do not. We recommend that you engage in moderate exercise at least 3-5 hours per week.”

But I don’t have time! It’s too hard! I’m too old!  I can’t lift weights or go to those high impact aerobics classes!   Exercising does not have to be a chore, in fact it can be fun and relaxing at the same time.

According to Harvard Medical School…  Swimming! An all-over workout. 

Swimming works the heart and lungs. This trains the body to use oxygen more efficiently, which is generally reflected in declines in the resting heart rate and breathing rate. It uses the arms, the legs, and other muscle groups in between. This improves muscle strength and flexibility.

Water supports and cushions the body, eliminating the kind of pounding associated with running. Because it’s easy on the joints and muscles, swimming is often recommended for people with arthritis and other chronic conditions. The resistance of water also allows you to work out vigorously with little chance of injury.

There’s also a relaxing, meditative side to swimming. It can come with letting your mind drift as, bathed by soothing water, you focus on your breathing and your movements. This stress-busting aspect could contribute to the cardiovascular benefits of swimming.  Best of all, swimming is the kind of activity you can do across the life span, and needn’t give up late in life.


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