Walking and cancer
Produced on behalf of Walking for Health by Macmillan Cancer Support
When you're living with or after cancer, physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life. The important thing to know is that walking is safe both during and after most types of cancer treatment and has lots of benefits including strengthening your bones and heart, reducing body fat, improving mental health, and reducing lymphoedema and fatigue, and the risk of progression or recurrence of some cancers.
During and after treatment it is recommended that people try to reduce the amount of time that they spend resting or sitting. Just moving about can help prevent blood clots, reduce muscle wasting and improve your mood. We recommend people gradually build up the amount of physical activity they do, setting achievable goals while doing an activity they enjoy.
"Cheryl, my walk leader, encouraged me to walk which greatly improved my mind-set and fitness when I was recovering from cancer."
Catherine, Walking for Health participant
For more information on the benefits of physical activity during and after cancer treatment visit www.macmillan.org.uk/physicalactivity