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
A yoga class or a relaxing walk in the park works wonders.
2. Do resistance work
Easy exercises such as bicep curls, squats and lunges will have a positive impact.
3. Become gradually physically active
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).