Exercise with cancer is safe

find out the best way for you to improve your quality of life through a safe and effective exercise program



Petra Boddington has been working with people living with cancer and cancer survivors for many years and to further enhance her skills and knowledge has also completed her Cancer and Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist Level 4 course.

“To improve my skills and knowledge in this field, I trained alongside medical professionals, doctors and physio’s working in the NHS who all help cancer survivors improve their quality of life. Doctors used to recommend rest to cancer patients but recent studies have shown that exercise during cancer and its treatments can significantly reduce or delay recurrence or secondary cancer and help patients to be fit enough and strong enough to deal with its complicated, and often debilitating, side effects. So many more people survive and live with cancer these days, and I would like to help. My main focus is ladies and breast cancer, (as this is close to my heart) but I also now have a vast knowledge of prostate, colon and other cancers too.”




 Benefits of Exercise with Cancer


Exercise has been shown to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, happiness, and several quality of life factors in cancer survivors.

Exercise with cancer is safe and health experts also say it's a must as it helps people cope with cancer and treatment-related side effects. Furthermore, exercise may improve survival after diagnosis too

There are benefits of being active at every stage of cancer or treatment. But there can be extra or specific benefits, depending on which stage you are at. For all stages of treatment, it is important to make sure the physical activity you are planning is safe to do in your situation. Most types of light physical activity, such as walking, are safe.


Being active has many benefits and can help to:

    • Reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects

    • Reduce anxiety and depression

    • Improve your mood, body image and quality of life

    • Strengthen your muscles, joints and bones

    • Look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems

    • Being active at recommended levels and keeping to a healthy weight may reduce the risk of certain cancers coming back




Being physically active may reduce your risk of some of the late effects of cancer treatment.

These are side effects that may develop months or years after treatment ends. Not everyone will get late effects but physical activity can also help you manage some of them.

Being active has many benefits and can help:

    • To regain and improve physical function, aerobic capacity, strength and flexibility.

    • To improve body image and quality of life.

    • To improve body composition.

    • To improve cardio respiratory, endocrine, neurological, muscular, cognitive and psychosocial outcomes.

    • To potentially reduce or delay recurrence or secondary primary cancer.

    • To improve the ability to physically and psychologically withstand the ongoing anxiety regarding recurrence or a secondary primary tumour.

    • To reduce attenuated and prevent long term and later effects of cancer treatment.

    • To improve the physiological and psychological ability to withstand any current or future cancer treatments.




My clients prefer privacy so although they are happy to write down how they feel, they prefer to remain anonymous.

JC (49):

After going through chemo and various cancer related operations I didn’t have the positivity to think I could succeed at anything again. To have someone help me to build the confidence to start feeling better about my body and myself is worth its weight in gold. So many other people have tried to tell me in a gym what I should be doing and even I know I shouldn’t be doing it…so to have someone who is knowledgeable about what I’ve been through and to know what I should, and shouldn’t be doing is invaluable. I can see that the exercises I am given are serving a purpose and are thought through and my program is designed for me and my needs; very personal to me  

My coach understands how I feel and what I’m capable of but also makes me feel that I am capable of more than I thought. She has an understanding and empathy with what I have been through.

I now have the confidence to know my body has the ability to function again after thinking for so long I can’t do that! I can! And I am proud of what I can achieve!

All you need is some one to believe in you to get you through!

JGM (71):

I once read in a marketing document, "Our involvement will always be an investment, never a cost." I view my visits to Perpetual Wellbeing in this way. 

I have been going to Perpetual Wellbeing for several years. Over that period against all the odds, Petra has not only helped me keep my body fit and in shape but has helped me overcome the death of my husband as well as a total of 2 years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hospitalisation. Life has not been easy, but without her charm, optimism, professionalism, knowledge and dogged determination, it would have been much harder to do. One-to-one training at Perpetual Wellbeing has been excellent. I doubt whether I would be where I am today without it – fit and energised. A bespoke programme of exercises tailored to my body and physical wellbeing has got me through the bad times and given me confidence, something that I would not have achieved in an exercise gym environment.

I hope to continue to reap the benefit of Petra’s guidance for many years to come. So yes, involvement with Perpetual Wellbeing will “always be an investment, never a cost”.






Perpetual Wellbeing offers one to one coaching for those who prefer 100% undivided attention from their coach and semi-private coaching for those who prefer the encouragement, motivation and rewarding experience of working alongside other like-minded people.

During the consultation we will talk about what you want and need from your training and coaching program.

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