Background on Exercise

Being regularly active plays such an important part in maintaining your health and wellbeing. The benefits range from lowering your risk of disease to boosting your energy levels and self-esteem. Despite this, only about 50% of all young adults in the UK are meeting the current recommended physical activity levels. This number is significantly lower for those who have experienced cancer.

Whether you have experienced cancer or not, you should reduce the time you spend sitting down and increase the time you are active. Recent evidence has shown that getting active both during and after your treatment has huge benefits without increasing your fatigue levels. These benefits include:

  • Physical functioning
  • Bone health
  • Muscle strength
  • Fatigue levels
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Quality of life

It’s important to have your medical team, family and friends behind you when beginning to get active. Your medical team may have a few precautions for you to be aware of and your family and friends can massively help you to stay motivated. It’s always easier to do something new when you feel supported!

This section should help answer questions and tackle a few barriers you may face. It will provide information around:

  • Exercising
  • Exercising with cancer
  • Types of exercises to do, both at home and at the gym
  • How to get started
  • Tips to stay active

I'm still trying to be as active as possible. I used to play lacrosse and do triathlons but now I've turned into a yoga bunny and a fair weather cyclist! I haven't worn my lycras in a while but I still have them in hope... Exercising really helps me to have a routine each day.


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Lauren Hyden

MSc Clinical and Public Health Nutrition
BSc Public Health