Cellular health – treating cancer with physical training

Regular physical training has a positive effect on cell health. Physical training is of great importance with regard to prevention as well as therapy and monitoring of cancer.

Cellular health comes from Many factors dependent. In addition to factors that cannot be influenced, such as B age and geneticsplays the staff way of life an essential role. A healthy lifestyle contributes to cellular health.

Smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, poor diet and Overweight can, on the other hand, promote negative cellular changes and that significantly increase the risk of cancer (Behrens et al., 2018; WCRF and AICR, 2018).

Estimates are approx. 38 percent of all new cases of cancer in one unhealthy lifestyle assigned (Gredner et al., 2018).


Cancers are the second leading cause of death in Germany. On one in two men and one in two women should expect to develop cancer at some point in their life.

About a year ago 510,000 newly diagnosed cancer cases. The most common types of cancer are breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer. A further increase in cancer cases is expected by 2030 (RKI & GEKID, 2019).

Chances of recovery are good

Fortunately, they have chances of recovery cancer improved. It’s the average survival rate in all types of cancer at approx. 60 percent. Due to this positive development, the number of cancer survivors is increasing.

Currently, it is estimated in Germany four million peoplehave cancer Survived have or live with it chronically (Arndt, 2019; RKI and GEKID, 2019).

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Therapy and follow-up for a better quality of life

However, many people with cancer continue to suffer from the disease for years after treatment has ended. consequences and side effects their tumor disease or treatment.

frequent Long-term and late effects are eg. B. Fatigue, pain, neuropathy, physical limitations, depression, anxiety and a decreased quality of life (Mehnert & Johansen, 2019).

Physical activity or training plays as part of a healthy lifestyle both in the prevention as well as in the therapy and follow-up cancer plays a central role (Campbell et al., 2019; KID & DKFZ, 2019; Rock et al., 2020).

Physical training for cellular health

Regular physical training take care of a healthy metabolism and supports receiving a healthy body weight. That works anti-inflammatory, stimulates the immune system and encourages endogenous repair mechanisms.

Physical training contributes significantly to this cellular health and Protection against common cancerssuch as breast and colon cancer (Patel et al., 2019).

However, physical training works not only preventive. It’s also during and after cancer effective support measuree. frequent Consequences of the disease and side effects of cancer treatment to be able positively influenced will.

The general healththe quality of life and prognosis maybe to improve (Campbell et al., 2019; Cormie et al., 2018; Steindorf et al., 2018).

In Table 1 are the central effects of physical training on cellular health or on cancerous diseases.

Recommended training dose

about that reduce individual risk of cancerAdults (18-65) and over (65+) must at least 150 to 300 minutes per week moderately intense or 75 to 150 minutes per week of intense endurance training (or a combination of both intensities) (Rock et al., 2020; WHO, 2020).

Recommendations for a Strength training as an additional training measure for cancer prevention does not currently exist due to lack of evidence to date (Patel et al., 2019).

Combined strength and endurance training

People with cancer are encouraged to improve their health Combined strength and endurance training recommended under qualified supervision. Cardio training should be done at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes at moderate intensity.

WHO movement recommendation

In the long term, however, it is advisable to maintain a training volume of at least 150 minutes per week to fight for. Moreover, at least strength training twice a week completed (ACSM, 2021; Campbell et al., 2019; Hayes et al., 2019).


Regular physical training promotes cellular health. and that protected against the most common types of cancer. If cancer is already present, it may improved prognosis and the reduced risk of recurrence will. Similarly, frequently occurring Consequences of the disease and side effects positively influence the treatment of cancer.

However, physical training helps not only for physical health, but this protected also before or aid to different mental illnessestherefore has a positive effect on mental health.

About the authors

Teacher. Dr Arne Morsch is Head of the Department of Health Sciences and Lecturer at the German University for Health Prevention and Management (DHfPG). Additionally, he directs the health promotion department of the BSA Academy.

Teacher. Dr. Markus Wanjek is deputy head of the department of health sciences and lecturer or lecturer at the German University for Health Prevention and Management (DHfPG) and the BSA Academy. He has 20 years of hands-on professional experience in the fitness and health industry.

Extract from the bibliography

Campbell KL, Winters-Stone KM, Wiskemann J, May AM, Schwartz AL, Courneya KS et al. (2019). Exercise guidelines for cancer survivors: international multidisciplinary roundtable consensus statement. Sport and Exercise Medicine and Science, 51(11), 2375-2390.
Patel AV, Friedenreich CM, Moore SC, Hayes SC, Silver JK, Campbell KL et al. (2019). Report of the American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Cancer Prevention and Control. Sport and Exercise Medicine and Science, 51(11), 2391-2402.

For a complete bibliography, please contact marketing@dhfpg-bsa.de.


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