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Community Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors

Research has consistently shown that exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors. A study in the journal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice tested the impact of a community based exercise program on physical function, strength, and quality of life in cancer survivors. The program lasted for 12 weeks during which 59 cancer survivors exercised twice weekly in 90 minute training sessions broken into three 30 minute blocks focused on aerobic conditioning, resistance training, and balance.

Results showed that participants improved physical function measures like walking distance in six minutes, leg and chest strength, and reach. Improvements were also noted in physical, emotional, and functional well being. Health clubs are a safe, supportive place to exercise, and several IHRSA health clubs have led the way in offering programs to cancer patients and survivors.

Foley MP1, Barnes VA, Hasson SM. Effects of a community-based multimodal exercise program on physical function and quality of life in cancer survivors: a pilot study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2015 Jan 23:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

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