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Getting more active

  • Walkers

Being active or returning to exercise after a blood cancer diagnosis can be hard but there are many forms of exercise you can try to suit you. Here is some advice to get you started.

If you’re becoming more active after your treatment, the amount of activity appropriate for you do will depend on different things such as side effects, symptoms, you'll level of fitness before treatment.

It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body. You should start with gentle and low intensity activities. You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter.

Although there are numerous benefits to being physically active throughout treatment, your individual exercise regime should be tailored for what’s safe for your current state and what works best for you. It can of course help encourage you to be active if the physical activity is something you enjoy doing. The physical activity you do should be realistic and try to be similar to activity you already engage in, what you can do now, and any physical problems or limits you have. For example, if you usually leisurely jog a few miles a day, it isn’t very realistic or advisable to decide to take on 20 miles every day.  

You may find that certain things may affect your ability to engage in physical activity for example:

Published: Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018