How Do I Start an Exercise Routine?

Top Three Benefits of Physical Activity for Those Living with a Brain Tumor


The American Brain Tumor Association’s resource, “Living with a Brain Tumor,” shares tips to live well with a brain tumor, and identities physical activity and healthy eating to complement brain tumor treatment.

There are many ways to be physically active that fit your personality and lifestyle, such as walking or light exercise. Remember to clear any physical activity with your medical team before starting a routine.


The ABTA identities physical activity and healthy eating to complement brain tumor treatment.

Top three benefits of physical activity and exercise for those living with a brain tumor are:

  1. Help with treatment-related fatigue;
  2. Improve strength, endurance and mobility; and
  3. Help you cope with anxiety and depression.


Need a reason to get started on an exercise routine after a brain tumor diagnosis?
Consider signing up for the American Brain Tumor Association’s BT5K Run & Walk is fall. The ABTA’s 5Ks are fun, family-friendly events that bring together the brain tumor community to support brain tumor research and patient services.

This fall, four run/walks are taking place coast-to-coast, including:

Twin Cities BT5K
Saturday, October 12

San Francisco BT5K
Sunday, October 27

Los Angeles BT5K
Saturday, October 26

New York BT5K
Sunday, November 10


Let the ABTA Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run/Walks inspire you to get moving!

For more information about the ABTA’s BT5K events, visit


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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.