In fact, for every five-point increase in BMI, the risk of dying from prostate cancer rises by 10%. Obese men are also at risk of more severe forms of prostate cancer than leaner men and are much more likely to see a recurrence of the disease. Studies have suggested that active men are 33% less likely to die after prostate cancer treatment (and have a 45% lower chance of dying from any cause).
While it is possible that the side effects of prostate cancer treatment could prevent a regular exercise routine, research has also suggested that exercise is the most effective way of beating cancer- or treatment-related fatigue. According to workout guru Fred Hutch, an effective workout routine for prostate cancer includes the following:
- Five minutes of warm-up. This could include jumping jacks, rope skipping, marching on the spot or even a brisk walk.
- Next, some moderate intensity aerobic exercise. These exercises should be escalated over the course of eight weeks. In week one, patients should have three exercise sessions of 15 minutes each. By week eight, it should be five sessions of half-an-hour each.
- If patients simply can’t work up the strength to exercise regularly, they should try do everyday activities like gardening, cleaning the house, or walking the dog. It might also be a good idea to join a recreational dance class.
- Resistance exercises like straight arm planks can also help with recovery. A straight arm plank of 15 seconds, repeated eight times, is recommended.
- It is vital to cool down after each exercise session. It is recommended that patients stretch the following body parts: calves, hamstrings, thighs, triceps, quadriceps and shoulders.
- Before attempting any exercises, be sure to check with your doctor first.