Exercise and staying active

Exercise can help everyone reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity as well as help with mood, sleep, our immune system and energy levels.

Exercise is not contraindicated for people living with or recovering from cancer. Indeed evidence from research studies indicates that 'easy to learn' daily exercises can help with reducing nausea; help with fatigue, insomnia and low mood. Regular exercise can boost confidence and self esteem, reduces anxiety and depression, helps with lymphoedema, cancer related fatigue, insomnia, and eases pain, nausea and constipation.

There are also studies with patients recovering from cancer treatment that demonstrates improvements in the immune system and in reducing the risk of future cancers. For advice about exercise during and after cancer treatment please speak to your doctor, specialist nurse or ask for referral to a physiotherapist locally.

Last updated: February 2024