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In a comprehensive evidence review by the UK-based McMillan Cancer Support, physical activity after cancer treatment was found to reduce the impact of debilitating side effects, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight changes.

During the months following cancer treatment gradually start to become more active, and follow these 8 tips:

1. Find an activity you enjoy

1. Find an activity you enjoy
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A yoga class or a relaxing walk in the park works wonders.

2. Do resistance work

2. Do resistance work
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Easy exercises such as bicep curls, squats and lunges will have a positive impact.

3. Become gradually physically active

3. Become gradually physically active
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Start with low-intensity exercise, such as easy walking, or even housework for 150 minutes weekly. Build this up to a moderate intensity (60–70 per cent of maximum heart rate).

In a comprehensive evidence review by the UK-based McMillan Cancer Support, physical activity after cancer treatment was found to reduce the impact of debilitating side effects, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight changes.

During the months following cancer treatment gradually start to become more active, and follow these 8 tips:

4. Make it a habit

4. Make it a habit
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Frequency and consistency are important.

5. Avoid swimming after radiotherapy

5. Avoid swimming after radiotherapy
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It can cause skin irritation if done too soon afterwards.

6. Train at a low intensity

6. Train at a low intensity
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High-intensity interval training during treatment can depress the immune system. Recommended activities include yoga, pilates and walking.

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In a comprehensive evidence review by the UK-based McMillan Cancer Support, physical activity after cancer treatment was found to reduce the impact of debilitating side effects, such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, impaired mobility and weight changes.

During the months following cancer treatment gradually start to become more active, and follow these 8 tips:

7. Exercise to relieve stress

7. Exercise to relieve stress
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A punching bag or boxing gloves and pads are perfect, but don’t overdo it!

8. Listen to your body

8. Listen to your body
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Check with your doctor before embarking on any new exercise or fitness regime.

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