Exercises and movement are crucial in the stage after treatment for breast cancer survivors as they need to regain their strength and physical function after a period of inactivity or medical treatment even if they were able to move during treatment (2).
Studies have found that running outpaced walking in enhancing the workout of breast cancer survivors in reducing mortality. "According to their number crunching, which is based on metabolic equivalent (MET) figures, the runners' risk for mortality decreased more than 40 per cent per MET hours per day."
Yoga has also been found to lower the levels of inflammation and increase energy (1).
The researchers explain: " Metabolic equivalent is the ratio of the metabolic rate -- or the rate of energy consumption -- during a specific physical activity to a reference metabolic rate.
In this case, one MET-hour is equal to a one-kilometer run (1).
1- CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-two-exercises-that-can-help-breast-cancer-survivors-recover-faster-1.1664477
2- ACE Fitness: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-fact-article/3320/exercise-for-breast-cancer/