Physical activity is any form of exercise or activity involving movement that uses your muscles. This includes lots of everyday activities, such as walking, housework and gardening. Any sort of activity helps maintain or improve your fitness, health and wellbeing. Making small changes and getting up to move around more can help you before, during and after your cancer treatment.
A growing body of evidence shows it can play a vital role in helping to slow down disease progression as well as managing side effects and consequences of cancer treatment such as fatigue.
Nordic Walking Sessions
The Macmillan Wellbeing Centre will soon be offering Nordic Walking sessions to patients as part of their Recovery Plan. These walks will be held at lunchtimes, and will be led by Liz Carver - an experienced Nordic Walking instructor.
Nordic Walking hails from Finland and was originally a technique for continuing cross-country skiing training during the summer. It has since grown into a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone who can walk, regardless of fitness level. In Nordic Walking you use a pair of lightweight, specially designed, poles that provide great support while increasing the effectiveness of the exercise.
The only kit you will need is a good pair of shoes to walk in - poles will be provided. A session will involve a short warm-up to get you ready to move, some training exercises, and then a short walk, followed at the end of the walk by some warm-down stretches. We recommend that you check with your doctor before you begin any new form of exercise.
Nordic Walking group sessions provide a number of benefits:
- They are fun and sociable, and out in the fresh air
- They are particularly suitable for people who haven’t exercised for a while and who may not be keen on a gym environment
- Even if the pace of walking is slow, you will enjoy the benefits, but it is also true that the better your technique the more benefit you will gain.