Apps to help you get active

There are a number of digital applications that can help you on your journey to becoming a more active you. Here are some that you might want to try.

Remember, It is important to take care of yourself when you start being more physically active. Your doctor can tell you which activities are safe for you.

Reduce sitting time

It is best to avoid sitting or lying for long periods. The Rise & Recharge app has been developed to help reduce sitting time and encourage regular movement. To help you become chair-aware, the free Rise & Recharge app will help you spend less time stuck in the saddle and boost your energy.

Download the free Rise & Recharge app from the App Store or Google Play.

Pedometer / step counters

Walking is one of the most popular forms of activity and a great way to keep healthy. These apps can help you track your daily step count.


The Steps app is a pedometer and activity tracker. It shows you just how much you're moving in a simple way. Set yourself a walking goal and as you walk, the colours change to show your progress like a sunrise. No noise, no extra gadget to wear and nothing to distract you.

Download the free Steps app from the App Store.


The Pedometer app records the number of steps you have walked and displays them along with the number of calories that you have burned, distance, walking time and speed per hour. It is easy to use. Once you push the Start button, all you have to do is hold your smartphone and walk. It will continue to automatically record your steps even if you put it in your pocket or bag.

Download the free Pedometer app from the App Store or Google Play.

Couch to 5k

The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just nine weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Download the free Couch to 5K app from the App Store or Google Play.

Back to Keeping active

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Health walks

Walking is one of the most popular forms of activity and a great way to keep healthy. We work with health walk programmes all over the UK.

Who can help you get active

Talk to your physiotherapist or your doctor before you start doing physical activity. They’ll point you to appropriate exercise programmes.

Tips to get you started

You may find keeping active after a cancer diagnosis challenging. There are some tips that can get you started.

Activities near you

Several organisations and websites can help you find out what activities are available near you.