Cancer and Exercise Physiology

Exercise has been a proven therapy to aid in the rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment. The process of cancer rehabilitation involves physically recovering from your cancer, cancer treatment and also adjusting to any physical changes experienced. Everybody has a different experience and some people’s bodies are affected more than others. 


The first question most people ask before they begin an exercise program is:

“Is it safe?”

The answer is yes, with a trained professional such as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


Exercise for clients with Cancer or completing Cancer treatment poses some amazing benefits which include:

  • Increase function
  • Increase health outcomes
  • Increase quality of life


Exercise had also been proven to:

  • Decrease tiredness and depression
  • Reduce the impact of some side effects
  • Reduce the risk of the cancer reoccurring


There are many different modes of exercise but research has shown these types have the best effects on people with Cancer:

  • Cardiovascular OR Aerobic training (brisk walking, running, swimming etc.)
  • Resistance/Strength OR Anaerobic training (weights, therabands, cables etc.)
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Flexibility and Agility


Your return or uptake of exercise does not have to be immediate, it should be a progressive step in your rehabilitation. Activate Health can help with this step to ensure your safety and well being is managed throughout this process.