In 2011 Macmillan unveiled physical activity as the ‘hidden wonder-drug’. I developed CanExercise to bring this knowledge direct to those living with cancer. I work with cancer survivors at all stages of a cancer diagnosis to help improve or maintain their functional fitness. I have many years experience as an Oncology Nurse and then pursued my passion for fitness by becoming a Personal Trainer and Cancer Exercise Specialist.
My ethos at CanExercise is to encourage patients to think about ‘movement’ and then together we implement clever strategies to ensure its fun and effective. Exercise all too often conjures up images of intimidating environments and feelings of inadequacy. Everyone’s goals are entirely different, so an individual approach is essential. Whether it’s a return to running after treatment, restoring range of movement so that you can reach that top shelf, or simply having the strength to lift your children/grand-children, the CanExercise approach can help you to achieve these.
CanExercise also runs classes specifically for cancer survivors and May sees the launch of a new Crouch End Class at the Vale Medical Practice on Park Road. Each class is tailored to allow for mixed abilities and age, and open to men and women alike. The class will focus on improving or restoring range of movement, flexibility, balance and co-ordination, muscular conditioning and light, low-impact aerobic exercise. Classes often provide a safe environment for those going through, or recovering from treatment, as well as for those still living with cancer. This can be very empowering with people achieving levels of activity perhaps never conceived of, simply because they are next to someone who has been through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, who regained their strength, vitality, and quality of life.
It has also been proven that in addition to all the many ‘talked about’ benefits of staying active, regular exercise can also help to reduce the negative impact of some treatment-related side effects, and in some instances reducing the risk of cancer recurrence. Evidence is now growing to support the role of physical activity, both during and after cancer treatment. All too often during treatment, fitness dwindles, muscle mass wastes and spirits dim. Keeping active during this period is vital in terms of recovery. Let CanExercise provide this umbrella during the storm.
Irrespective of your age, ability or experience, you CAN make exercise part of your recovery. CanExercise can help to guide you and support you every step of the way.
Crouch End Class
Classes commence: 2nd May 2014
Day: every Friday (drop-in)
Time: 1 – 2.15pm
Venue: Vale Medical Practice, Park Road, Crouch End, N8
Cost: £10 waged / £5 un-waged
Those still receiving active cancer treatment are welcome. Attendees must be 12 weeks post surgery.
Classes will be run by Lizzy Davis. Those interested must contact Lizzy prior to attendance.