The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Physical Activity

Taking part in physical activity before, during and after cancer treatment can have many health benefits. It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to your heart health.

Please watch the two videos below from Vicki Gilbert, a Leeds Cancer Support volunteer specialising in Exercise and Cancer.
















The current guidance of physical activity levels of all adults is 150 minutes per week. It has been previously advised that this is achieved by doing 30 minutes of activity a day, 5 days a week or for a minimum of ten minutes but the most recent guidelines from the Department of Health & Social Care suggest that these 150 minutes can in fact be accumulated in bouts of any length. This means even 3 or 4 minutes of activity, for example marching on the spot whilst the kettle boils, accumulates and can contribute to the overall 150 minutes.

The activity is to be of moderate pace, such as walking. The guidance now includes doing balance and strength exercises at least twice a week. This level of activity is helpful for people even during cancer treatment. However, everyone is different and exercise needs to be tailored to you, taking into account your overall fitness, diagnosis and other factors that could affect your health.

Benefits of physical activity include:

  • Managing side effects of treatment
  • Healthy heart function
  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Strengthening muscles and improving bone health
  • Improving flexibility and balance
  • Increasing confidence and self-esteem
  • Reducing the risk of cancer recurring

How can we manage fatigue?

Exercise has been shown to be the most effective way to improve fatigue. Please click on the following link for more information on managing fatigue. Click here to view more information on cancer and fatigue

Physical Activity Doesn't Always Mean Exercise

The type of activity or exercise you do may depend on what stage you are at in your recovery. It may also depend on what type of activity you enjoy doing, this could include your every day activities...

Every day activities that can be incorporated into an active lifestyle:

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More energetic activities could include dancing, jogging, cycling and digging the garden.


Macmillan Move More Exercise

.Please watch this Macmillan Cancer Support Move More video

















Physical Activity Services in Leeds

Active Beyond Cancer Programme

Active Beyond Cancer, which is run in partnership with the Leeds Rhino's Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research is a free rehabilitation programme for cancer patients across Leeds.

The Active Beyond Cancer programme is available to people at any stage of their cancer treatment. Please watch the video below for more information, or click here to visit the Active Beyond Cancer website















 Leeds Let's Get Active

leedsgetactiveLeeds Let's Get Active aims to encourage and support people who do not do any physical activity to be more active. The community programme provides free physical activity opportunities to help people get active. they develop sessions with community organisations and groups and have a timetable of a variety of activities which include:

  • Zumba
  • Walking group
  • Chair Based Exercises
  • Tai Chi
For more information about Leeds Let's Get active, contact them on Tel: 0113 3783680 or Click here to visit the Leeds Lets Get Active website