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Making some simple changes to your lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing cancer. Eating a healthy diet, avoiding smoking and taking regular exercise will all help to lower your risk. The health recommendation for activity is that everyone should aim to be active at a moderate intensity for at least 150 minutes per week. (i.e. cycling or fast walking). You can achieve this by breaking activity up into bouts of 10 minutes or more, making it easier to fit into your daily activities.

If you are having cancer treatment, you'll be the best judge of how much activity you can manage, whether that's trying to reduce the amount of time you spend resting, or simply going for a walk. You can ask your cancer specialist about what's okay for you and your level of fitness.

Being active during and after treatment can:

  • Improve your quality of life
  • Reduce tiredness
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Help look after your bones
  • Help look after your heart
  • Make you feel good about yourself
  • Help keep your weight healthy

Free cancer and exercise service

A cancer and exercise service called ‘Get Active, Feel Good’ is available for Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital patients to support all cancer patients in being more active.

The service support patients in starting regular, sustainable, physical activities, taking into account current health condition. 1:1 appointments are available and the programme runs for up to one year from initial appointment and covers:

  • Planning safe and effective exercise that meets your personal needs and abilities
  • Overcoming your concerns
  • Finding suitable activities to build your physical fitness in a way that best suits you
  • Managing the side effects or after effects of treatment.

For more information email: or telephone 07543 827531

Please discuss the service with your health professional, they can make a direct referral. The Get Active, Feel Good flyer is also available for download below.

Get Active Feel Good Flyer


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Fact Zone

Spending too much time sitting puts your health at risk
You burn 50 more calories an hour when standing than when sitting


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