Cancer survivors are being put through their paces at Hailsham’s Freedom Leisure with classes to help them with their recovery.
The latest course began in January and each weekly session comprises an hour of carefully planned exercise followed by social time during which the group can build a support network.
Research has shown that exercise can help with recovery from cancer. The Freedom Leisure team at Hailsham Leisure Centre has all had bespoke training funded by Macmillan Cancer Support to ensure they are able to develop tailor-made programmes to suit people’s individual needs.
Working in close partnership with the cancer ward of Eastbourne District General Hospital, and local GP surgeries, Freedom Leisure is now looking for people who wish to join their next course.
“Many people with cancer are quite weak and anxious initially so we train them very carefully and little by little they rebuild their muscular strength, endurance and confidence which, in turn, helps them fight the disease,” said Stephanie Wadlow, Freedom Leisure’s GP referral co-ordinator.
“We understand it can be hard physically and emotionally to get back to exercise after cancer so our plan is broken down into manageable steps that can be accomplished. Many of the people on our first course now exercise independently at a moderate to high level, having found the strength and confidence to do so.”
The exercise class takes the form of a circuit where each person can work to their own capability and alternatives for each exercise are given to suit individual needs. After exercising the group enjoys social time over tea and coffee where they share their experiences, lend emotional support to each other and form friendships.
To find out more contact Stephanie.Wadlow@freedom-leisure.co.uk or call Hailsham Leisure Centre on 01323 846755.