Prostate Cancer is the most common type of cancer found in Australian males, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the time they are aged by 85. Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the most common therapy for prostate cancer but does often result in adverse effects.
Treatment for prostate cancer inhibits the production of the male hormone resulting in a Reduction in Bone Mineral Density, Loss of muscle mass, Increased cholesterol and Increased fatigue.
Exercise can benefit individuals through reducing or even preventing the risk of effects following ADT treatment. The exercise intervention that is given to these individuals should include Resistance and aerobic training at a moderate Intensity. The Resistance exercises look to increase muscle mass and strength, as well as increasing bone mineral density by placing load and shear forces on the bones promoting growth and remodelling.
Here are two of the key exercises that are implemented for people going through prostate cancer treatments.
Glute bridge with a Pelvic Tilt (2 sets of 8 reps).
Laying on your back with feet shoulder width apart and knees bent, Perform a pelvic tilt by engaging your core, tilting your pelvis towards you by pushing your belly button down to flatten your lower back and your tailbone rolls of the floor, proceed to push weight through your feet to lift your body up into the air hold for 2 seconds then lower back down into the starting position.
Dead Bugs (2 sets of 6 reps).
Laying on your back with feet shoulder width apart and knees bent, Perform a pelvic tilt by engaging your core, tilting your pelvis towards you by pushing your belly button down to flatten your lower back and your tailbone rolls of the floor, Lifting your arm the air above your torso and your legs in the air with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Then, you lower the opposite arm and leg toward the floor in a slow and controlled fashion. Return to the centre and then repeat on the other side.
What is the next step for you?
Consult with your health specialist to receive a full evaluation of your symptoms making sure it is safe for you to exercise.
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