Taking part in some physical activity, no matter how small, has benefits when you have cancer.
There are people and organisations that can help you with this.
The benefits of exercise
There are many benefits to being active and doing physical exercise while you are having cancer treatment.
- improving your mood and quality of life
- strengthening your muscles, joints and bones
- improving your energy levels
- reducing some treatment side effects
- improving your overall health and lowering the chance of other health problems.
If you are having treatment, just the thought of doing exercise may make you feel exhausted. Yet, if you are able to manage a small amount, you may find that your energy levels improve. Eventually, the amount of exercise that you can manage will increase.
If you are not sure whether an activity is suitable for you, ask your doctor or nurse.
Other resources we recommend
Use the following links to find out more about this topic.
Exercise during cancer treatment https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-information/exercise-cancer/
Exercise and upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancer https://www.pancare.org.au/living-well/physical-wellbeing/exercise-during-cancer-treatment/
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (video) http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Physicalactivity/Physicalactivity.aspx
Exercise in cancer care https://www.cosa.org.au/media/332488/cosa-position-statement-v4-web-final.pdf
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