by Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE
Exercise is an important component of a cancer survivor’s recovery process. Emerging research suggests a decrease in breast cancer recurrence for those who exercise. A well-designed program can also decrease side effects and improve quality of life. Moreover, acceptance of exercise as part of a good recuperation and standard of care has been gaining momentum in the medical community.
Cancer patients should begin an exercise program designed to ameliorate the adverse effects of surgery and help them regain their pre-cancer fitness level. Exercise that focuses on functional fitness will help them be able to perform the activities of daily living and return to the activities that they enjoy.
Cancer survivors have questions about exercise. Which exercises should I be doing and which should I avoid? Can I exercise during chemotherapy? Can I exercise if I have lymphedema? How do I exercise safely with osteoporosis? Some cancer patients will need to exercise under supervision while others will be able to exercise independently. The type and scope of cancer and the overall medical condition and fitness level of a cancer survivor will determine whether or not a supervised program is needed. This book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors- Stretching and Strength Training, will be an essential guide for those who prefer or need to exercise independently.
For those who do not live near a major city, it might be difficult to find a therapist who has experience working with cancer patients. This book provides cancer survivors with access to fitness tools specifically created for their needs. It can also be a valuable tool for those who cannot afford health care, or are unable to leave their house. Exercise is a simple and affordable treatment.
I have taken my Recovery Fitness® exercise program and created this book to help you. You should use the exercises in this book as a guide to building an individualized routine that works and feels right for you.
This book will teach you how to prevent injury. Cancer survivors need to be patient; returning to your pre-cancer fitness level takes time and cannot be rushed. You will learn the implications of your particular surgery and the corrective exercises needed to improve recovery. Recovery Fitness Exercises for Cancer Survivors is a great way for cancer survivors to learn stretching and strength training exercises.
Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE, has been a fitness professional for more than 18 years and is the founder and creator of Recovery Fitness®, a cancer exercise program. She owns and operates Carol Michaels Fitness and Recovery Fitness and is a consultant, author, speaker, Pilates instructor, and cancer exercise specialist. She is on the advisory board of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and other cancer organizations, and has appeared on health related television programs. The American Council on Exercise recognized Carol as a Trainer to Watch in 2011 and Personal Fitness Professional honored her as the 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year. Carol developed and produced two DVD’s called Recovery Fitness Cancer Exercise-Simple Stretches and Recovery Fitness-Strength Training. Both DVD’s can be found on her websites www.carolmichaelsfitness.com and www.recoveryfitness.net. Her new book, Exercise for Cancer Survivors, is a fantastic resource for anyone undergoing cancer surgery or treatments. Click here to order the book on Amazon. The book can also be purchased on www.carolmichaelsfitness.com.