Getting active with Cancer
For those living with cancer being physically active can have many benefits.
- Reduce risk of cancer recurrence – being active during and after cancer treatment can reduce the risk of recurrence in some cancers. It can also reduce the risk of developing other long-term conditions.
- Reduce side effects – being active during and after cancer treatment can reduce some side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Side effects activity helps with include fatigue, depression, weight gain, blood clots, hot flushes, night sweats and nerve damage.
- Prevent decline in physical ability – being active during cancer treatment can prevent a decline in physical ability without increasing fatigue levels.
- Recover physical ability – being active after cancer treatment helps patients recover physical ability.
- Maintain independence – in cases of advanced cancer physical activity can help patients maintain independence and well-being.
Macmillan have advice and guidance on getting active for anyone who has had cancer or has had treatment for cancer and is thinking about becoming more physically active, including a downloadable booklet.
Download the booklet
For more advice and resources at:
We Are Undefeatable — Macmillan Resources
Local Programmes & Support
Lincolnshire East Coast Cancer Factsheet
Co-produced with Mablethorpe Cancer Co-production group this factsheet signposts to local groups and support for those living with Cancer on Lincolnshire’s East Coast area. Download the factsheet
Fighting Fit is a programme supporting people living with or recovering from cancer in Lincolnshire. It is designed to help you to maintain or increase physical activity levels at a pace that suits you and support you in the fight against cancer and long-term health conditions. There are currently sessions in Lincoln, Mablethorpe and Gainsborough, with sessions in Boston coming soon.
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5K Your Way
A community based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5K Your Way parkrun on the last Saturday of every month. Currently in Lincolnshire 5K Your Way takes place at Lincoln parkrun at Boultham park.
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Getting active with Arthritis
It can be hard to keep moving when you have arthritis but staying as active as possible can reduce your pain and the symptoms of your condition, and help you to stay independent.
Although it might be harder to keep moving exercise can:
- Reduce your pain
- improve your muscle strength which keeps your joints strong and well-supported
- reduce stiffness in your joints
- help your balance
- improve energy levels and feelings of tiredness
- help you manage your weight
- boost your mood.
Find more advice and support to be physically active with arthritis on the Versus Arthritis website. Visit site
Getting active with Parkinsons
If you have Parkinsons, symptoms such as fatigue, pain and rigidity may make exercise more difficult or be off-putting.
However, research shows that exercise can slow the progression of your symptoms and help control and manage your symptoms.
Parkinsons UK have advice, guidance and case studies to show how to get started with physical activity, and some of the best exercises you can do to help control and manage your condition.
Dance for Parkinson’s
The Hub, Sleaford
A relaxed dance class focuses on posture, strength, co-ordination and balance for people living with Parkinson’s, their family and carers. Find out more contact: email@example.com
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Getting active with Dementia
Exercise and physical activity may bring many benefits for people with Dementia.
As well as having a positive effect on physical wellbeing, physical activity can also help people to remain fit and supple enough to perform daily activities, improve cognition, and provide valuable opportunities for social interaction.
Find out more about the benefit of exercise for Dementia, and how to support someone living with Dementia to be more active on the Alzheimer’s Society’s website.
Movement for Memory, Dementia Café
Tonic Health, Spalding
Every Wednesday at Tonic Health 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Exercise (yoga, Tai Chi, gentle movement exercise – sessions on rotation each week) – The Hall
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Getting active with Diabetes
There are many benefits of being active when you have type 1, type 2 or other types diabetes.
Moving more can:
- help the body use insulin better by increasing insulin sensitivity
- help you look after your blood pressure, because high blood pressure means you’re more at risk of diabetes complications
- help to improve cholesterol (blood fats) to help protect against problems like heart disease
- help you lose weight if you need to, and keep the weight off after you’ve lost it
- give you energy and help you sleep
- help your joints and flexibility
- help your mind as well as your body – exercise releases endorphins, which you could think of as happy hormones. Being active is proven to reduce stress levels and improve low mood.
- help people with type 2 diabetes improve their HbA1c. In some cases, this can help people with the condition go into remission.
Find more advice and guidance on being active with diabetes on the Diabetes UK website. Visit Site
Getting active with Heart Conditions
Heart and circulatory diseases kill 1 in 4 people in the UK. Not being active enough is one of the reasons people get heart and circulatory diseases like heart attack and stroke.
Regular moderate-intensity physical activity reduces your risk of coronary heart disease and many other conditions. It can also help manage risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
The British Heart Foundation have a range of information and online exercise videos to support you to be more active, including chair-based exercises. Visit website
They also have advice on getting active again following a heart attack or heart surgery. Visit website
Getting active with Asthma & Lung Conditions
For anyone living with asthma or a long-term lung condition, being active can be more challenging.
Take a look at the links below for advice and guidance that can help people with asthma or long-term lung conditions to get active in a way that works for them.
The benefits of physical activity for people with asthma include:
- Raising your heart rate regularly boosts your lung power, increasing stamina and reducing breathlessness
- It supports your immune system and helps fight colds and viruses – a major trigger for over 80% of people with asthma
- Activity helps you stay a healthy weight, in turn cutting your risk of an asthma attack
- It releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals in your brain – studies show that if you’re stressed, or depressed, you’re at higher risk of asthma symptoms
Find useful advice and suggestions on how to get active with asthma on the Asthma UK website.
British Lung Foundation
The British Lung Foundation has put together a series of exercise videos aimed at those living with long term lung conditions.
Happy Breathers COPD clinic Spalding
The Happy Breathers COPD community clinic is designed to improve the wellbeing of people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and their carers by reducing social isolation and providing a range of care and support in a non-clinical community setting.
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Getting Active With Long- Covid
Getting Active if you have Long-Covid might seem out of reach. However Gentle exercise at your own pace can be beneficial for your recovery, and it is important to get back to previous levels of activity, or be more active than you are right now. Take a look at the below advice to help support you with physical activity.
Your Covid Recovery (NHS)
Covid Recovery (NHS) states that after a period of illness and inactivity
muscles will be weaker than normal, and you will be less fit than you were. It
is important to get back to previous levels of activity or aim to be more
active than you are right now. It is important to take
things slowly, not to rush back, and to remember that on days where you feel
worse to wait until you feel better again. If you have Long Covid it will be
important to pace your activity and be mindful that you will experience
Moving Medicine has useful guides for recovery including a bed exercise programme,
standing exercise programme and an active recovery workbook to help with
the planning and management of your own return to health.
Lincolnshire Long-Covid Hub
Lincolnshire’s Long Covid Hub provides general information and support for
families, children, young people, health care professionals, and workplaces.
Advice for Activity Providers
Active Lincolnshire have developed a guidance course in partnership with NHS and other partners on Long-Covid to increase awareness for activity providers on how to provide a supportive environment for people to be active whilst managing their illness. Share with your club, coach, instructor or leisure centre about how they can access the guidance.