Tools to help you move more

Being physically active can help you prevent and manage some of the side effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression, muscle wasting and risks to your heart health. Choosing to become more active is the first step, but we know it can be hard so we have a range of tools to help you.

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    Benefits of being active

    Exercising and keeping active can have a very positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

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    How active should I be?

    The types of activity you do and for how long will depend on a number of factors.

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    Physical activity and advanced cancer

    Keeping active if you have advanced cancer can help improve some symptoms and side effects

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    Different ways of being active

    There's a variety of activities you can do to keep active. Each form of exercise has its own benefits.

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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.

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    Making sure you're safe when you're active

    It is important to make sure that your physical activity is adapted to your condition. Your doctor can tell you which activities are safe for you.

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    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.

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    Getting started

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

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    Activities near you

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

Where should I start?

You will receive six email newsletters over the next 12 months containing expert advice, inspirational quotes, case studies and tips to keep you motivated.

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Order a pedometer

We're with you every step of the way. Keep track of your steps with a Macmillan pedometer.

Order free resources

If you don't have one already, order your free Move More guide. Or download a new activity chart or diary.

Hear personal stories

Watch our playlist featuring Ted, Joy and James talking about how physical activity benefited them, and how it can help you.

Watch our exercise DVD

Watch our Move More DVD online, containing activities specifically for people living with or after cancer.

More digital resources

There are lots of other digital resources and apps available to help you become and stay active before, during and after cancer treatment.

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Back to Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

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Managing weight gain

We can help you find out what weight you should be, and have diet tips and healthy eating ideas.


Our large collection of sweet and savoury recipes is tailored specifically for people with cancer.

Giving up smoking

There are techniques, medications and organisations that can help you quit smoking for good.

Looking after your heart

If you have problems with your heart, we can help you spot risk factors and keep your heart healthy.