The goals of my active health program
- Make physical activity accessible by offering free services to people affected by breast cancer throughout Quebec.
- Get and keep people motivated for physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
- Give people the tools and help them develop new skills to practice daily physical activity.
- Create a community for sharing, exchange and support.
The benefits of physical activity during and after treatment
- Improves breast cancer survival
- Reduces fatigue
- Facilitates body weight management
- Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
- Reduces the intensity of treatment-related side effects
- Maintains bone health and muscle mass
- Improves shoulder mobility after surgery
- Stabilizes lymphedema
- Improves or maintains quality of life during and after treatment
- Reduces the intensity of cancer treatment–related side effects
- Eases the return to work and to regular activities after treatment
It is scientifically proven that exercise is a safe and effective complementary therapy. Not only does it free the mind and calm and soothe the body, it will also help you better endure treatment and speed up your return to functional energy levels.
Exercise is easier and more accessible than you might think. In fact, physical activity also means taking part in day-to-day activities, working, enjoying leisure activities and getting around.
- Avoid inactivity.
- Resume your daily living activities as soon as possible after surgery.
- Continue your regular physical activities as much as possible during and after non-surgical treatments.
- The general recommendations for exercise are the same for those affected by cancer as for the general population.
Replace an inactive lifestyle by :
- Gradually adding blocks of 5, 10 or 15 minutes of physical activity to your day,
- All the while, respecting your current pace and condition
- Finding opportunities to replace inactive times with light physical activity.
In support of these recommandations
- Getting 150 minutes of moderate- to high-intensity exercise per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer by 25%
- In people who have been affected, the risk of recurrence decreases by 12–21% with just 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
- In a survey of 232 people with breast cancer, 82% said they were interested in increasing their physical activity. The obstacle? Their lack of motivation.