2nd February 2017
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Exercise has been shown in numerous scientific studies to be the single most effective way of improving both physical and mental wellness for people surviving cancer.
A minimum of 30 minutes moderate exercise/activity 4/5 days a week have been proven to provide the following benefits*;
It is important for cancer patients and survivors to maintain a basic level of fitness throughout their ‘cancer journey’ and beyond.
At CFC we encourage cycling as the best form of exercise based rehabilitation especially for children because it provides all these benefits in a low impact, fun, sociable and exciting way.
Here are seven key benefits of cycling for the general population. ALL of these benefits apply to people surviving cancer;
1. Cycling is good for your heart: Riding a bike makes your heart stronger and has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary disease.
2. Cycling is good for your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.
3. Cycling is good for your waistline: You can burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace, and cycling has been associated with helping to keep weight gain down. Cycling has the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.
4. Cycling is good for your lifespan: Cycling is a great way to increase your longevity, as it has regularly been associated with increased ‘life-years’, even when adjusted for risks of injury through cycling.
5. Cycling is good for your coordination: In simple terms the apparently natural process of pedalling, balancing and steering requires multiple skills and when done at increased speeds improve with practice.
6. Cycling is good for your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.
7. Cycling is good for your immune system: Cycling can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers.
*Before undertaking any exercise programme it is important to speak with your medical support team, if you need to discuss your individual fitness needs with a cancer exercise specialist please call CFC on 0300 500 4040 to discuss further.
If there is one single message from the evidence available it is this “Rest is not best”.
For anyone living with and beyond cancer you might like to enter one of our competitive sports events through our Cancer Sport UK page. For more information on entering cycling, triathlon and running events click on the logo below.