Volunteer walk leaders needed in Tiverton and Okehampton

March 3, 2016


When you are living with or after cancer, physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to become active as it doesn’t require any specialist equipment to get started. With just a good pair of walking shoes you’re ready to go.

FORCE is working with the Walking for Health scheme to provide walks in Tiverton and Okehampton, where we operate our outreach services.

We are looking for walk leaders to help people get active by leading and supporting health walks.

For more information on please call us on 01392 406151.

During and after treatment, patients are recommended to reduce the amount of time spent resting or sitting. Walking is a safe way to get some exercise.

Evidence now shows that simple physical activity can reduce many of the side effects of treatment and also the risk of recurrence in some cancers by up to 60 per cent.

Why be active

Being active during and after treatment can:

  • Reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve your mood and alleviate depression
  • Help look after your heart and bones
  • Help keep your weight healthy
  • Improve your sleep patterns
  • Reduce the risk of progression or recurrence of some cancers

If you are nervous about building up your activity levels, particularly if you haven’t been active for a while, or feel too tired and don’t know where to begin contact FORCE Oncology Physiotherapist Louise Ballagher on 01392 403094

She offers individual assessments and provides advice and practical help to signpost patients to appropriate exercise programmes, other healthcare professionals or community services.

Everyone is seen individually so even if you are not particularly mobile or have concerns about other medical conditions, you can still exercise safely.

For more information on walking for health, go to https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

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