Cardio-Oncology: Cancer Treatment and Exercise

How to Exercise

Take Time to Rest

Rest is an important part of every exercise program! There are actually two types of recovery to keep in mind: passive rest and active rest:

  • Passive rest involves breaking up your exercise routine to give yourself a day off from exercise, about one to two days per week.
  • Active rest involves mixing up your exercise intensity and time so that you are still being active but not pushing yourself as hard.

Building both types of rest into your routine will help you get the most out of your exercise by lower your risk of injury and giving your body more time to recover. 

For example, instead of going for the same brisk 45-minute walk after dinner each night (seven days a week), mix it up a little. Try walking the route a little faster 1-2 times a week (complete your regular route in 30 to 35 minutes), a little slower 1-2 times a week (give yourself 55-60 minutes), and adding 1-2 days of rest into your schedule.

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Published: September 2018
Authors: Scott C. Adams, PhD; Lee W. Jones, PhD; Jessica M. Scott, PhD
Medical Reviewers: Peggy Anthony; Jennifer Klemp; Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC

These modules were developed in collaboration with the Eastern Cooperative Group—American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cardiotoxicity Working Group and Patient Advocacy Group.

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