We Are Undefeatable

When you're living with cancer, getting physically active can be a positive change to your life. We offer free information, inspiration, support and advice to help you move more and fit in movement to your everyday routine.

However you get moving, it all makes a difference

Cancer and its treatment can make things feel very uncertain. Doing something for yourself like becoming more active can help you feel more in control.

Being active before, during and after treatment can reduce tiredness (fatigue), improve your quality of life, reduce anxiety and depression and strengthen your muscles, joints and bones. Even a little physical activity is better than none at all.

It’s all about finding a way to move that works for you

We've partnered with leading charities on a new campaign to help people living with cancer, and other long-term health conditions, to become or stay physically active.

The We Are Undefeatable campaign, in partnership with Sport England, supports people to build physical activity into their lives and to celebrate every little victory.

We want to help everyone get the right support for them, and to feel comfortable talking to healthcare professionals regularly about their needs.

To find out more about the campaign, visit weareundefeatable.co.uk.

Keeping active at home

We know it can be difficult to keep active when you are limited to staying at home, but there are lots of great resources online to help you. We recommend you take some time to search online and find what works for you.

Here are some options to help you get started.

Macmillan’s Move More online exercise programme has been designed to help you gently work out different parts of your body with equipment you can access at home. Each video will give you step-by-step guidance and can be taken at a pace that works for you.

The NHS website has lots of free exercise videos, and you can find dedicated We Are Undefeatable playlists for people with long-term conditions on their YouTube channel.

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Physical activity and cancer

There are many ways to be physically active. It can mean doing simple daily activities, such as housework or walking to the shops. Or it can mean more energetic activities, such as digging in the garden, dancing, running or cycling.

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health.

Many people say physical activity helps them feel more like they did before cancer. It can also help you take back control. You may need to be careful with the activities you choose. This will depend on the cancer, your treatment, its side effects and any other medical conditions you might have.

We have information about physical activity and cancer. You can also download our Move More guide to help you.

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How can we help?

If you haven’t been active before or for a long time, or if you feel nervous about starting physical activity, it can help to get advice.

You can talk to your doctor, a physiotherapist or cancer exercise specialist, or an occupational therapist. You could also ask your doctor about any exercise referral schemes in your area.

These are some tips to help you get started.

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