shape up for surgery

We want to support all patients who are coming into hospital for surgery to move more in the weeks leading up to their operation, to help you prepare your body and recover more quickly.

Physical activity is not all about sport, anything that gets you moving is really beneficial for your health and helps build your strength and stamina for your operation.

On this page you will find resources to help you increase your activity levels in the lead up to your operation.

Increasing your activity

No matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be active every day.


Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier before your surgery. You do not have to walk for hours or long distances to make a difference. A 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and getting out into the fresh air can also help to reduce stress and improve your mental health. You can start small and build up your time – you might be surprised how much you can do! Brisk walking is simply walking quicker than usual at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Every minute of activity counts, but aim for at least 10 minutes a day.

Physical activity at home

If you don’t feel comfortable going outside or attending a class, you can still make a big difference by doing more physical activity at home. There are lots of videos available online to guide you through this, with many suitable for adapting to your needs.

Start with a 10 minute video and work your way up, or take a look at our resources for a step-by-step guide.

Simple ways to be more active every day

  • Walking the dog
  • Digging in the garden or cutting the grass
  • Using the stairs rather than taking the lift
  • Parking at a further car parking space when you go shopping
  • Getting off the bus one stop before your destination
  • Joining a dance group, jogging club, walking football or the gym

Bradford Living Well BEEP Exercise Referral Team

Bradford Encouraging Exercise in People (BEEP) is a free physical activity referral service that encourages people who are inactive, to become more active, with a 52-week support programme.

BEEP is also a great way for people living with long term health conditions to increase their physical activity levels and improve their health.

Your exercise referral officer will use these results to track your progress throughout the year. They will create a bespoke exercise training programme which is created specifically for you. After your consultation, you may also be offered discounted exercise options.

If you are 16 years or over, and you are currently inactive, have a long term health condition and/or a BMI of 25 or more then ask your GP about a referral.

For more information visit: https://mylivingwell.co.uk/physical-activity/beep-bradford-encouraging-exercise-in-people or call the BEEP Team on: 01274 435388


Physical activity for cancer patients

  • 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 event on the last Saturday of every month.
  • SafeFit – SafeFit supports people living with cancer to maintain and improve their physical and emotional wellbeing