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When you’re ready to become more active, we have a guide called Getting started, available within our Move More pack| that you can read along with this information.
The type and amount of activity you do will depend on a number of different things, including:
You’ll be the best judge of how much and what types of physical activity you’re able and prepared to do. It’s important to gradually build up the amount you do by setting realistic, achievable goals that work for you. Over time you’ll be able to increase the amount you do.
As a general rule, if it’s within your abilities, aim to build up to 2.5 – 3 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise a week.
When you start to become more active, it’s important to do something you enjoy and that fits in with your life. This could be going dancing with friends, playing with your children or grandchildren in the park, gardening, or walking to the shops.
Becoming active for the first time or returning to activity during or after cancer isn’t always going to be easy. Having clear goals, staying motivated and having support can all be really helpful. Our Getting started information in our Move More pack| can help you achieve this. Here are some things other people have found helpful in their efforts to become more active:
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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