But, an opportunity to take part in a Step Count Challenge alongside colleagues from NHS Borders gave her the chance to experience the benefits for herself.
Over 100 staff members from the heath board took part in a bespoke challenge in the summer to raise awareness of Move More Borders, a physical activity programme for those affected by cancer.
Ally said: "Working as a Lifestyle adviser, I am constantly encouraging others to increase their activity and thought it would be good to do the challenge and pass on my experience to others.
"Taking part in the Step Count Challenge also encouraged me on my working days to try to increase my steps as on these days they are drastically lower than on non-working days."
According to Macmillan’s Move More Report, Physical Activity the Underrated Wonder Drug, getting active can help people overcome the side effects of cancer and its treatments.
Ally added: “It can help with fatigue and depression and increase the feeling of control over health and wellbeing. If this activity is done in a group environment this provides the opportunity for support and sharing experiences on many levels in a positive environment.
“I am highly likely to refer my patients to Move More Borders.”
Move More Scotland is part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s national campaign to ensure that people living with cancer are supported to become physically active - before, during and after treatment.
Paths for All is delighted to be working with Macmillan to develop the walking element of the Move More programme.
For contact details of your local Move More programme, click here.