Physical activity

Physcial activity is good for you

There is evidence that physical activity during and after treatment, improves symptoms of cancer-related fatigue, quality of life and increases energy and stamina.

The physical activity recommendations developed by the Department of Health are sufficient for most cancer survivors – a total of at least 30-minutes a day of moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days of the week.

Additionally, there is evidence that the more physical activity you do, the greater any benefits. Even a small amount of exercise is beneficial, and will result in benefits compared to doing nothing at all. Being active also helps with maintaining a stable healthy weight which also offers health benefits for cancer survivors and will help with your mental wellbeing.

Trust Led Exercise Programmes

Ask your health care professional about physical activity opportunites specifically designed for people affcted by cancer. Specific exercises soon after treatment can ease the symptoms of lymphoedema. More tailored exercise programmes may be suitable to your needs.

Many charities, councils, support networks offer walking group and exercise programmes near to your home. Search the website for schemes close to you.

Macmillan Move More Project

Move More Northern Ireland works with local councils across Northern Ireland to ensure that people living with cancer understand the importance of an active lifestyle, and that they receive the support that they need to become and remain active and to enjoy an improved quality of life as a result.

Click here for further information about Move More in your local area.

Many charities, councils, support networks also offer walking group and exercise programmes near to your home. Search the website for schemes close to you.