When you’re managing a long-term health condition, it can be more difficult to get active. However small increases in your level of physical activity can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing and may help you to manage your symptoms.
Being active is about finding what works well for you. That might mean starting small and growing your levels gradually. Anything that gets you moving will be beneficial for your health. This could be incorporating more movement into your daily routine, with everyday activities such as housework or walking to the shop. Or it might be you feel able to do a more energetic activity such as swimming, cycling or running. However you choose to move, it’s best to find something you enjoy as you’re more likely to keep it up.
Getting active with others as part of a team sport, fitness class or group, can be a fantastic way to improve your wellbeing as well as meeting new people.
If you’re worried about your fitness levels, look out for sessions that are suitable for beginners, and speak to the class leader/ instructor before you start. You might also be able to find specific classes aimed at people with certain health conditions that would be more tailored to you. Walking Sports are gentler way to enjoy being active as part of a team.
Follow the links below for condition specific advice and information on getting active and local programmes available in Lincolnshire.
Use our activity finder to search for other organised activities near you. Try using the Activities for Beginner’s search.
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.
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, Boston and Grantham.
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, and Witham Way Country Park Boston.