Unfortunately, physical activity levels tend to significantly decrease for people during and after their cancer treatment. This can lead to further exacerbations of physical symptoms such as cancer related fatigue, loss of muscle strength and fitness, and reduced mobility. This can impact on the things you enjoy doing most.
Studies continue to show that physical activity can help reduce these effects.
Being physically active does not mean sweating it out in the gym or pounding the pavement in your joggers, it could be brisk walking with your friends, gardening or even playing with your children or grandchildren.
Studies have shown really exciting results supporting physical activity pre, during or post cancer diagnosis and treatment. These include:
The Department of Health currently recommend the following physical activity guidelines:
Is it safe for me to exercise? If you are unsure if it is safe for you to currently exercise, we recommend seeking advice from your GP or medical team at your hospital.
Remember, we are aiming to get slightly warmer, increase the heart rate and breath a little harder, whilst carrying on with a conversation.
You may be energetic at the start however it is important you find something you enjoy to continue to progress and manage in your daily life.
The specialist oncology team are based out of our Chelsea clinic. If you would like to make positive changes to your physical activities levels during or following your treatment, Megan leads this sensitive, caring service. We offer 1:1 individual advice sessions, pilates classes and can build and monitor individual exercise programmes.
If you would like to speak to any of them in confidence then please send an email with your contact details and one of them will get straight back to you.
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