Did you know that in the United Kingdom, doctors are encouraging cancer patients to be enrolled in “PREHAB fitness programs” within 48 hours of being diagnosed. Studies show a much reduced time spent in hospital and decreased side effects of treatment when patients have participated in an exercise program before start of chemotherapy.
Due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy and the toll it takes on your body, people are being highly encouraged to “GET FIT” ahead of treatment by participating in high intensity cardio workouts along with a strength based training regime, and additionally starting a good nutritional plan, thus PRIMING YOUR OWN RECOVERY.
Exercise can significantly reduce effects of fatigue, nausea and help boost your immune system. Luckily for those UK residents in need, the government has recognized this as being so beneficial that they are now funding PREHAB through the National Health Service.
Of course, exercising both during and after treatments is also highly recommended. The American Cancer Society guidelines are as follows:
> Avoid inactivity and return to normal daily activities as soon possible.
> 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week.
> Strength training at least twice per week.