SOLIHULL Active, in partnership with local organisations, have expanded their Cancer Rehabilitation Exercise Scheme.
This physical activity programme is now available to Solihull residents who are recovering from all types of cancer, having previously only been available to prostate and colorectal cancer survivors.
After completion of cancer treatment many patients continue to experience adverse effects. Scientific research has shown that exercise is an effective way to aid the recovery of physical function, manage fatigue, improve quality of life and mental health, and control body weight.
Maintaining or initiating physical activity for cancer survivors can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and mortality for some cancers, whilst also decreasing the risk of other life threatening diseases.
The cancer rehab classes are specialist group exercise sessions, available at Solihull’s two leisure centres.
Entry into the scheme is via a written referral form from a GP, practice nurse or clinical nurse specialist. Participants then have the opportunity to take part in 12 weeks’ worth of classes under the support and guidance of a qualified cancer rehabilitation exercise specialist. Classes are designed so that they are suitable for all abilities and the exercises are adapted to individual needs and fitness level.
Having joined the scheme, local resident John has described it as “A well run and organised course for cancer patients.” Since joining the classes at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, John has progressed to doing two to three-mile walks daily, two-weekly exercise support classes, regular gardening and outings with friends and family members.
For further information about how this programme could benefit you contact the Solihull Active team on 0121 704 8207 or visit: www.solihullactive.co.uk.