Ex­er­cise class boosts pa­tients

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

THE Can­cer Coun­cil’s free Life Now pro­gram will be avail­able in East Vic­to­ria Park from Septem­ber 23.

The Life Now 12-week ex­er­cise pro­gram in­cludes aer­o­bic and re­sis­tance train­ing in a group en­vi­ron­ment, fa­cil­i­tated by a qual­i­fied ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist.

Ex­er­cise can help over­come some of the common side ef­fects of treat­ment such as nau­sea, fa­tigue and de­pres­sion. It is also the best way to en­hance re­cov­ery post treat­ment. Dur­ing the pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants will have a one-on-one as­sess­ment with the ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist and re­ceive a per­son­alised gym pro­gram.

“The fact our classes are specif­i­cally de­signed for can­cer pa­tients and their car­ers’ gives par­tic­i­pants con­fi­dence they will be part of a safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment,” said Life Now pro­gram man­ager Lani Valen­tine.

“The classes also aim to help can­cer pa­tients cope bet­ter with pain as well as man­age the stress and anx­i­ety that many peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The pro­gram will be held at the Leisure­life Cen­tre in East Vic­to­ria Park and reg­is­tra­tions are es­sen­tial by vis­it­ing www.can­cerwa.asn.au or call 13 11 20.

Yvonne and Al­fred Van Reeuwijk

put some of the ma­chines through their paces as part of

the Life Now pro­gram class.

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