Exercise regimens used in trials consisted of five sessions per week and included both supervised and unsupervised (home) exercise sessions.
Supervised sessions with a physiotherapist were conducted twice each week for 12 weeks. In these sessions, patients did:
- six resistance exercises targeting large muscle groups (with two sets of 10 repetitions for each exercise)
- two types of endurance interval exercises, aiming to improve cardiorespiratory fitness. In the first four weeks, patients cycled two lots of 8 minutes, with alternating workloads.
Home sessions involved physical activity at moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes, three times per week.
The combination of supervised exercise, twice a week, and home-based exercises, three times a week, meets the recommendations of the evidence-based physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors. However, any exercise schedule that produces equivalent activity may be effective. For example, 30 minutes of walking five days per week.