Being physically active is safer than being inactive. But it’s important to know how to take care of yourself when you start to be more active.
- Start slowly and gradually build up.
- Don’t exercise if you feel unwell, have an infection or a high temperature, or have any symptoms that you are worried about.
- Stop if you get any sudden symptoms, including feeling dizzy, chest pain, a racing heart, breathing problems, feeling sick, unusual back or bone pain, muscle weakness or a headache that doesn’t go away. Contact your doctor if you notice any of these, or any other symptoms.
- Avoid uneven surfaces and activities that increase the risk of falling or hurting yourself, especially if you have bone problems.
- Wear well-fitting trainers or walking shoes. Don’t risk getting an injury by wearing the wrong shoes. Drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
- Protect yourself in the sun.
- Have a healthy snack after exercising, such as a banana.
Which activities are best for you depends on the type of cancer you have, your treatments and any other conditions you have. If you are not sure, get advice from a cancer exercise specialist, your doctor or your physiotherapist.