The evidence for the benefits of exercise and movement is growing. Getting and keeping fit is important both for your physical and mental health.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a simple, flowing form of health exercise, similar to Tai Chi. Qi means energy in Chinese so, literally, Qi Gong means working (gong) with the body’s energy (qi). The gentle movements of Qi Gong can provide a good way to help you relax.

‘Most important’ Qi Gong exercise for beginners (Jeffrey Chand)

This simple exercise focuses on movement and breath. It can support your body to feel more open and relaxed and help your whole body to function well.

Dur: 8’01” ‘Most important’ Qi Gong exercise for beginners (Jeffrey Chand)
Gathering the Qi – Qi Gong for Qi depletion, fatigue, and energy (Jeffrey Chand)

This video builds on the previous video. It is easy to follow and a very calming sequence which particularly helps when you are feeling tired or drained from overwork or responsibilities. Practise once or twice a day; just breathe naturally and relax.

Dur: 9’58” Gathering the Qi - Qi Gong for Qi depletion, fatigue, and energy (Jeffrey Chand)
Qi Gong routine for stress, anxiety, and vitality (Jeffrey Chand)

This calming exercise is designed to help with stress and anxiety.

Dur: 16’34” Qi Gong routine for stress, anxiety, and vitality (Jeffrey Chand)
Qi Gong routine to strengthen the lungs with Peter Deadman

This video shows three Qi Gong exercises which can support your lungs and bring about a feeling of calm.

** Please note: in section 3 of this video, when instructed to ‘slap fairly hard’, you should only tap lightly or stroke.

Dur: 20’35” Qigong routine to strengthen the lungs with Peter Deadman

Other exercise resources

Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre - supporting people affected by cancerSeated exercise to support wellbeing
This video has been produced by the Complementary Therapy team at the LJMC.
Dur: 15’45” Seated exercise sequence to support wellbeing
Bounce Back: Exercise support for people with cancer Bounce Back
Chiltern Open Air Museum – accompanied walks: for people aged 65 years or over Chiltern Open Air Museum - accompanied walks
5k Your Way: Move against cancer: 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 event on the last Saturday of every month 5k Your Way: Move against cancer
Ramblers Wellbeing Walks: network of short walks to help people start walking and stay active Ramblers Wellbeing Walks
We CAN Cancer exercise rehabilitation: 12-week course for Hertfordshire residents designed to improve lives through physical activity and overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. 07725 740965

Online exercise programmes

MacMoves@HOME: 6-week online exercise programme designed by the Macmillan team at Hillingdon Hospital in collaboration with a personal trainer. 01895 279169
SafeFit: Macmillan Cancer Support has teamed up with CanRehab Trust to offer a free remote service for anyone who in the UK aged over 18 with a cancer diagnosis. Exercise specialist offers advice, support and resources to maintain and improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Sessions delivered via individual telephone consultations, one-to-one and group video exercise sessions.
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We Are UndefeatableSupporting people with a range of long term health conditions. Developed by leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise and insight from Sport England. It supports and encourages people to find ways to be active that work with their health conditions, not against them.
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