There is strong evidence that physical activity helps protect against bowel cancer. Regular exercise can help keep your heart healthy – and it can also reduce your risk of cancer.

Being physically active uses up extra calories and helps you avoid gaining weight. It also helps food to move through your digestive system more quickly.


Being active can be anything that gets your body moving – walking, cycling, gardening and swimming or even going to the gym.


Try to do at least half an hour of moderate physical activity five times a week, so that you get comfortably out of breath. If you’re not used to doing much activity, start slowly and work towards half an hour each day. Anything is better than nothing!


There are some great suggestions on the NHS Choices Live Well website.


Find out more about how to prevent bowel cancer.

More information on the link between diet and bowel cancer.