It happened today while I was running. Suddenly, I knew how to summarize two years of research about exercise and cancer recovery:
“Move more, heal better.”
That’s it. Move more, heal better.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you should run up a mountain during cancer treatment, but it means that you should do what you can, appropriately, to stay active as you recover from cancer.
Move more? How much is that? More than not at all. More than a little. More means at least you will move around a little every day, most days. More = not sitting or lying still all day if you can possibly do more than that.
If you are struggling with anemia or side effects of other kinds, moving a little might mean doing 5 yoga postures, doing a little bit of strength work with a stretchy band (Thera-bands) and walking to the end of the block and back. You might be able to dance around your living room or walk the dog. You might be able to swim, even slowly with rests, or float in the pool on a noodle and move your legs.
And if you move more, you will heal better.
You can read my book Active Against Cancer for more details on why that is and on how to do so safely and enjoyably.
Strength on your journey, peace on your path,