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In general, the exercise guidelines for cancer patients and survivors are similar to the guidelines for the general public. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, you should:

1. Be active

2. Perform aerobic exercise

  • New to exercise? Work up to or perform either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.
  • Regular exerciser? Try increasing your moderate-intensity physical activity to 300 minutes or your vigorous-intensity physical activity to 150 minutes each week.

3. Perform resistance exercise

  • Perform moderate-to-high intensity, muscle-strengthening exercises (body weight, dumbbells, or resistance bands) that involve all the major muscle groups at least two days per week.


  • Last Edited 09/30/2018