Physical activity resources

We have created resources to help professionals make the case for evidence-based services in their area, and to support people living with cancer to enjoy the health and emotional benefits of physical activity.

Physical activity resources for professionals

Physical activity and cancer: the underrated wonder drug

Physical activity and cancer: the underrated wonder drug [PDF] is a summary of the evidence, including the range of evidence-based service models available today.

From physical activity person-centred behaviour change services, to our award-winning Move More Guide, this publication supports decision-makers to step-up provision for people living with cancer, whatever the local circumstances.


Physical activity and cancer: a concise evidence review

Integrating physical activity into cancer care

Evaluation of the physical activity behaviour change care pathway

Evaluation of Macmillan’s physical activity behaviour change care pathway [PDF], is an independent evaluation of the pilot of physical activity behaviour change services, established by Macmillan and supported by Sport England and other partners with recommendations for future development and research.

Macmillan’s physical activity behaviour change pilot was delivered in a variety of settings with different populations and health landscapes and is relevant across the UK, and to service provision in NHS, public health and the community.

In addition to this, you can download a study [PDF] examining the feasibility and acceptability of using accelerometers to assess physical activity behaviour change.


What motivates people with cancer to get active?

Physical activity for people with metastatic bone disease

Narrative review of the impact of walking interventions

Staying active through treatment is so empowering. It's control in a time of confusion. It can help give you headspace, and make you feel capable. It’s about being fit for living.

Siobhan, diagnosed with cancer

Understanding physical activity and cancer training

Understanding physical activity and cancer

Understanding physical activity and cancer is a free, 60 minute online webex training course for professionals on the importance of physical activity for people living with cancer.

This video training supports professionals to use behaviour change techniques, recommend physical activity in under two minutes and signpost people to further support.


Resources for professionals running physical activity services

The sports toolkit

Physical activity questionnaires

My grandsons motivate me with a quick kickabout, plus I recently discovered table tennis after a 40-year gap.

Move More participant

Resources to help people living with cancer to ‘move more’

Move More: your complete guide for becoming more active


Physical activity and cancer information booklet

Physical activity and cancer treatment [PDF] – this booklet is written for people living with or beyond cancer who want to know more about the benefits of being physically active. It includes practical advice and useful organisations.


Health walk programmes

Walking is one of the most popular forms of activity and a great way to get people affected by cancer more active. Health walk programmes across the UK offer free, short and friendly health walks close to where people live.

Visit our health walks page for more information.