This Fitness Toolkit is meant to support the information and guidance you receive in the Fitness Module of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. By showing you the evidence for the connection between fitness and health, and providing some tools you need to develop a regular fitness routine, the resources on this page will help you firm up this key part of your Anticancer lifestyle.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened a group of 40 experts to perform a comprehensive review of the research literature and summarize the level of the evidence concerning physical activity and cancer.
The World Cancer Research Fund released recommended lifestyle recommendations that have been shown to reduce cancer risk.
An analysis published in the American Journal of Epidemiology calculated the incidence and relative risk of colon cancer in women up to age 70.
A study by Hildebrand et al, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, report that in a study of over 70,000 post-menopausal women, the most active women (those reporting over 42 MET hours per week, or approximately 14 hours per week of brisk walking) experienced 25% lower risk of breast cancer than the least active (less than three hours per week of walking at an average pace).
Moving for Life is a community of movement therapists, exercise specialists, dancers, bodyworkers, psychologists, doctors and cancer survivors who promote and teach mindful movement as a means towards cancer recovery and prevention.
A study by Guercio et al, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that people who engaged in some type of physical activity had a statistically significant improvement in progression-free survival [20%]” said senior study author Dr.
“I am happy to have a specific goal- this was very concrete and provided me with another tool to include in my ‘get healthy kit’. I like the variety of exercise ideas. It was so much fun to see the group get up and move together. The laughter in the room makes the exercise more fun.”
“I now use the pedometer every day. I walk instead of driving whenever possible. I climb stairs instead of taking the elevator. I enrolled in a yoga class. I dance in my kitchen. I make sure I continue to stretch my core, use my core muscles for lifting, and praise myself for every step I take.”
“I am looking into Yoga as a result of our guest last night. I did not realize how fun and calming yoga is.”