of the serious side effects experienced by female breast cancer
survivors is a subsequent decrease in quality of life as well as an
overall lingering fatigue. Past
research has found that cancer survivors are able to successfully
counteract these symptoms through participation in aerobic-type
activity including walking, jogging and involvement in other
cardiorespiratory activities. A new study now finds strength-building
resistance weight training similarly shares these same beneficial
outcomes. In the study, one group of breast cancer survivors
participated in three 90-minute exercise sessions per week consisting
of resistance exercises for the body. Another group of breast cancer
survivors simply continued on with their lives as usual. Women involved
with resistance training showed significant improvements in quality of
life as well as a decrease in fatigue. Those women continuing on with
life as usual showed no improvements whatsoever.
Source: International Journal of Sports Medicine, July 2006.