Isobel Jagger Keep Fit Instructor took all our ladies through their paces tonight, with gentle movement exercises to music.
The exercises were done whilst sitting on chairs, and we all had an enjoyable evening, and left for home completely energised after our refreshments. Isobel may be back later on in the year, so watch this space.
Exercise guidelines and cancer
There aren't any general UK guidelines about exercising after cancer. But several studies have shown that exercise is safe, possible and helpful for many people with cancer.
When you think about how different we all are and how many different types of cancer and treatments there are, it is difficult to write exercise guidelines to cover everyone. In general, cancer patients should check with their doctors before starting any type of exercise.
In 2010 in the USA the American College of Sports Medicine reviewed published studies looking at the safety of physical exercise during and after cancer treatment. They also reviewed what effect the exercise had. They focused on breast, prostate, leukaemias and lymphomas, bowel and gynaecologic cancers. In general they recommended the same level of activity for cancer patients as for the general population.
Generally, doctors advise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, of moderate paced activity such as walking. This level of activity is helpful for people even during treatment. But everyone is different and exercise needs to be tailored to individual people, taking into account their overall fitness, diagnosis, and other factors that could affect safety. Read this full article on the Cancer Resaerch Site