Skip to content
Font Size

Prostate Cancer: Exercise

Decreased physical activity, which may be the result of feeling sick from the cancer and/or the cancer treatment, can lead to tiredness and lack of energy. Regular, moderate exercise can decrease these feelings, help you stay active, and increase your energy. Even during cancer therapy, it is often possible to continue exercising.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Recommended Related to Prostate Cancer

Advanced Prostate Cancer and Your Relationship

An advanced prostate cancer diagnosis can change a lot of things, including your relationship with your partner. But the two of you can respond in ways that could strengthen your connection.

Read the Advanced Prostate Cancer and Your Relationship article > >

  • Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program.
  • A good exercise program starts slowly, allowing your body time to adjust.
  • Keep a regular exercise schedule. Exercise at least three times a week.
  • The right kind of exercise never makes you feel sore, stiff, or exhausted. If you experience soreness, stiffness, exhaustion, or feel out of breath as a result of your exercise, you are overdoing it.

Most exercises are safe, as long as you exercise with caution and don't overdo it. The safest and most productive activities are:

  • Swimming
  • Brisk walking
  • Indoor stationary cycling
  • Low-impact aerobics (taught by a certified instructor).

These activities carry little risk of injury and benefit your entire body.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on September 10, 2015

Today on WebMD

man with doctor
Symptoms, risks, treatments
man coughing
Men shouldn’t ignore
prostate cancer cells
What does this diagnosis mean?
doctor and male patient
Is it worth it?
cancer fighting foods
15 Cancer Symptoms Men Ignore
Prostate Enlarged
Picture Of The Prostate
Prostate Cancer Quiz
screening tests for men
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
Vitamin D