Exercise and Cancer


Regular exercise helps lower your risk for many types of cancer by helping you maintain a healthy weight and lose fat. Plus, it produces hormones that help reduce stress and lower your blood pressure.

To reap the health benefits, you should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of more vigorous physical activity each week.

Read our experts’ advice and tips, and use our training tools to help you exercise.

How to add more exercise and activity to your day 

Activity trackers: Move more and lower your cancer risk

Take the first step: Walking for beginners

Exercise: Interval training to build a lean body

How strength training pumps up your health

Holiday exercise: No gym required

Exercise and cancer: Your training guide

10 tips to get your kids to exercise 

Drop belly fat, drop cancer risk

How to choose a better health app 

Exercise tips for a better body 

7 exercise myths debunked 

Yoga: Build a strong body and mind

Video games: Exercise for kids? 

Boost your walking workout to prevent cancer

Exercise: Build a cancer-fighting body

Holiday exercise: No gym required 

Summer fun: Active family, healthy kids

Dance into the exercise groove

Race your way to fitness

Stretch toward better health

Exercise benefits you inside and out

Your healthy road trip planner

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Training tools

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Workout burnout? 3 hot combo classes 

5 workout classes for guys

Exercise: Get it done in minutes

5 easy stretches you can do at work

Stretch out your workout

How to choose the best workout shoe

Get our exercise training guide and use our chart to determine if your activity is moderate or vigorous.

7-day exercise plan


Exercises for cancer patients and survivors (play all or make a selection below).

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