Breast Cancer Survivors Encouraged to Exercise

Breast cancer survivors were once told to limit their exercise and remain sedentary after surgery. However, this isn’t the case anymore. Luckily, breast cancer survivors can enjoy physical activity whenever they want, and the nonprofit Moving for Life is encouraging them to get active!

The Moving for Life “Dance to Recovery” DVD promotes self-awareness and fun. The good-spirited video was designed specifically by an exercise physiologist and geared toward women who are being treated for breast cancer.

“For survivors who are at greater risk of a second cancer, physical activity is a really good behavior they can adopt to try their best to lower that risk,” Caitlin Mason, an author on the study, told Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO News.

According to a study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, breast cancer survivors tend to work out less than doctors recommend. It’s important for survivors, especially those who have not previously been active, to gradually increase their physical activity with gentle workouts like dancing. More intense exercises, such as running, can be painful, so it’s best that survivors avoid these activities. The American Cancer Society recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.

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