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Many people want to make positive changes to their lives when they’re living with or after cancer. Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle is often a major part of these changes.
This information is written for people living with or after cancer who want to know more about the benefits of being physically active.
This is Alfie's story of how being active helps with the side effects of cancer treatment. Cancer experiences vary and this video tells just one person’s story. To hear others, visit our online community|.
Access the benefits of being active during and after cancer treatment to help you cope with and recover from some of these changes
Physical activity is any movement using your muscles that helps improve or maintain your physical fitness
Get advice before you start doing physical activity
There are a number of ways that you can become more active before, during and after cancer treatment – from running and cycling, to yoga and Tai Chi.
If your cancer is advanced, being physically active can improve symptoms
Try doing a little physical activity often, perhaps doing something every day
When you start to do more physical activity, try to do something you enjoy
References for the physical activity section
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free* (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm).
*See information about calling our support line from a mobile|.
Set and reach your fitness goals with the physical activity tracker in our fantastic Macmillan Organiser.
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