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  • Exercise is very beneficial for people with cancer.
  • It can improve fatigue, mental wellbeing, physical function and quality of life.
  • All people being treated for, and recovering from, cancer are advised to avoid inactivity and exercise regularly – be as physically active as your current condition and abilities allow. 
  • To maximise the benefits of exercise, people with cancer should participate in an individually tailored exercise program involving moderate-high intensity aerobic exercise (such as walking) and resistance exercise (such as lifting weights).
  • Exercise is safe for people with cancer when it is appropriately prescribed and monitored.
  • Seeking the advice of an exercise physiologist with cancer experience is recommended so you can receive an individually tailored exercise prescription.
  • If it's been a while since you've been active, or your fitness level is low, start slowly and build up gradually.
  • Remember that even on the days when you don’t feel like being active, any level of exercise is better than none and even small amounts of activity can be beneficial.
  • Accredited exercise physiologists and physiotherapists are the most appropriate health professionals to prescribe and deliver exercise programs to people with cancer. Their services are eligible for subsidies through Medicare and private health insurers.

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Reviewed on: 29-08-2019