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In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month…

The first blog entry of the month of October will be for people with cancer, and how they too can hit the gym. “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States with more than one-half million deaths annually, behind cardiovascular disease” (NASM 402). However, don’t let it defeat you! You will need to make adjustments to your workout regimen, but cancer doesn’t mean you can’t be physically active. In fact, exercise has many benefits in the treatment of cancer, “including improved aerobic and muscular fitness, retention of lean body mass, less fatigue, improved quality of life, and positive effects on mood and self-concept” (NASM 402). So, let’s see what your workout program should look like:

-Low-moderate intensity aerobic exercise (50-70% of your maximum capacity) should be done 3-5 days per week.

-Avoid high intensity training during periods of cancer treatment.

-Break up your workouts, so that sessions last 25-30 minutes a piece.

-Resistance training should consist of 1 set of 8-10 exercises, 10-15 reps ea (or to fatigue), and should be performed 2-3 days a week.

-Avoid heavy lifting.

-Make sure to get enough rest between workouts.

-Depending on the severity of conditions and your level of fatigue, you may need to start with 5 minute workout sessions and gradually work your way up.

Remember to always consult with a physician before beginning this or any exercise regimen. Cancer is not a death sentence. When you start to believe it is is when the sentence begins.


Clark, M.A., Lucett, S.C., Corn, R.J. (2008). NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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