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If your cancer is advanced, being physically active can improve symptoms, such as fatigue, pain, poor appetite, constipation and weak muscles. It also helps reduce stress and can help you sleep better.
Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do. You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises. You could get your family and friends to join in.
Resistance training| can help strengthen your muscles and bones so you can carry on being independent. There may be activity classes in your area, like chair-based exercises that help improve your muscle strength and flexibility.
You may need to avoid some types of physical activity if, for example, the cancer is in your bones or you have bone thinning|. Ask your doctor or palliative care team for advice before you start.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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