What and how much activity you do will depend on:
- How fit you were before you were diagnosed – if you were active before, you may be able to continue with the same activities when you feel up to it.
- The type of cancer and treatments you had or are still having. There may be some activities you’ll need to be careful with.
- Treatment side effects and any symptoms you have.
- Your age and any other long-term conditions you may have, such as heart problems.
- If you have bone loss as a result of the cancer or its treatment.
You will be the best judge of how much and the types of physical activity you’re able and prepared to do. Gradually build up the amount you do by setting realistic goals that work for you. Over time you’ll be able to increase the amount you do.
As a general rule, and if you are able, aim to build up to 2.5–3 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise a week. Build up gradually after treatment. During treatment your energy levels will vary from day to day and the main aim should be to spend less time sitting or lying down. If you feel very tired the day after activity, you may be trying to do too much too soon.