Comprehensive Cancer Care Services

The Buddy Project

By Survivors, For Survivors!

Increased physical activity in cancer survivors may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and improve survival. Physical activity for the week should be at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity. Avoid inactivity. If you were not active before your cancer diagnosis, start with low-intensity physical activities and slowly increase your activity level. Do whatever physical activity you enjoy the most and gets you moving!

The Buddy Project is an Oncology Supportive Services 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with Highlands Oncology Group aimed at reducing cancer risk/recurrence by providing mentors to help increase the health and well-being of people impacted by cancer through physical activity, education, knowledge and the support of a buddy system.

Studies suggest that higher levels of physical activity and exercise provide the following benefits:
– Increased level of fitness
– Greater muscle strength
– Improved mood and sense of well-being
– Reduced fatigue
– Stress relief
– Fun

* Make fitness fun and enjoyable.

* Workout partners are powerful motivators!

* Take advantage of the mutual benefit of accountability and inspiration to achieve fitness goals

Personal factors: age, education, employment status, income, marital status, months since diagnosis and current treatment status.

Light Exercise – no noticeable change in breathing pattern
• Biking at 5 miles per hour or less
• Bowling
• Light housework
• Slow walking
• Yoga
• Tai chi

Moderate Exercise – should be a little out of breath and feel your heart beating faster:
• Baseball, softball or volleyball
• Biking on level ground or with few hills
• Dancing
• Brisk walking
• Tennis – doubles
• Water aerobics
• Yoga

Vigorous Exercise – should be breathing more rapidly and can only say a few works without stopping to catch your breath:
• Biking at 10 miles per hour or greater
• Hiking uphill
• Jumping rope
• Martial arts
• Race walking
• Running
• Running sports – basketball or soccer
• Swimming – fast pace or laps
• Tennis – singles
• Yoga – high intensity

When to begin physical activity:
– Before treatment
– During treatment
– After treatment
– 1 year after treatment

Preferred company during physical activity:
Other cancer survivors

Preferred location:
– Home
– Community fitness center
– Cancer fitness center

Preferred time of day:
– Morning
– Afternoon
– Evening

Preferred intensity:
– Low
– Moderate
– High

Preferred pattern of physical activity:
– Different activities at each session
– Same activity at each session

Preferred supervision of physical activity:
– Supervised
– Unsupervised

Preferred structure of physical activity:
– Scheduled
– Spontaneous

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