Lizzy’s 10 top tips for keeping active with or after blood cancer

Lizzy’s 10 top tips for keeping active with or after blood cancer


Hello there, my name is Lizzy Davis and I am
a cancer exercise specialist, and I’ve been working
with people with blood cancer and other cancers
for over ten years now. Prior to that I was
an oncology nurse. What motivates me
on a daily basis is just seeing how much physical
activity can influence and impact daily life, really, whether that’s on a physical
level or on an emotional level. And I think the benefits
can just be extraordinary. So, here are my top ten tips
for getting more active. Avoid long periods
of inactivity. Move more and more often. Integrate physical activity into your daily routine
as much as you can. Exercise when your energy levels
are at their best. Set timely and achievable goals. Start with a short-term one. Build up to a mid-term and then maybe even
set a long-term one. Keep a record
of all your efforts so you can track your progress. Use an activity diary
or even an app on your phone. Customise your exercise each day so that you can allow
for any changes that you might be
feeling in your body, whether that’s physical
or emotional. If you haven’t exercised
for a while, then start small. This could be as
little as five minutes, perhaps doing five lots of five minutes
throughout the day, just so that you can build
up slowly and gradually. And I think this
is very important: do something that you enjoy, or perhaps even
try something new. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The rewards will come. Try to remember
the three Ps: plan, prioritise and pace. So, plan your day or your week. Prioritise what’s important
for you each day, and then just pace yourself
according to how you feel. You don’t have to do it alone. So, find an exercise buddy
or a local class or look online.