What Activity Can Give to Survivors: Advice from a Trainer

Today’s issue of Cancer Research Update highlights the latest research in how exercise helps cancer survivors. We asked Mary, an exercise physiologist and AICR consultant, to share her experiences in working with cancer survivors.

I taught a strength training class for cancer survivors for several years. That experience allowed me to see first-hand the incredibly important role exercise plays in the healing process. My class was open to survivors of all ages and ability levels, though most were new to strength training when they started. Over the weeks and months of class, I saw a transformation in every person—both physically and emotionally.

Physically, the participants grew to trust their body again. Many showed up the first time afraid of pushing too hard or doing something that might derail their recovery. Many were also battling fatigue and were afraid of feeling even more tired. But we started slowly, Continue reading