Exercise class for residents undergoing cancer treatment

Telford and Wrekin residents who are pre, post or receiving treatment for cancer are encouraged to stay active by taking part in a special rehabilitation exercise class.

Exercise class for residents undergoing cancer treatment

The class is now in its second year and is going from strength to strength. It includes a circuit style session, offering a variety of aerobic and resistance exercises to maintain and improve overall fitness, strength and flexibility.

Participation has increased steadily since sessions began last year and those who have taken part have gained confidence to take part in other activities including other exercise classes, walking and recreational activities.

All clients have a full assessment prior to the exercise session and are monitored throughout the activities. The classes are led by Level 4 cancer and exercise and rehabilitation instructors.

Clients can self refer or be referred by a health practitioner. Participants exercise at their own level as they have to deal with side effects from their treatment.

Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s deputy leader and chairman of the borough’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "The Leisure health trainers that run the classes have seen everyone who takes part improve their activity levels.

"There are some days when individuals feel a little less energetic but do what they feel they can and are always glad that they went along.

"The group is extremely supportive to each other and understanding. It is important because exercise has been proven to relieve, support and improve the various symptoms from cancer and its treatment."

Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: "The borough’s leisure facilities and staff make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of people across the borough and this is yet another example of that."

As a result, the session can be seen as a complimentary therapy to those having treatment and helping them cope with this.

It takes place at Wellington Civic Leisure Centre on Mondays between 2-3pm. All sessions cost £3 although the first session is free.

Anyone interested can pop along and see what is involved. For further information or to book an assessment, contact Tracy Charles on 07794 032907 or email tracy.charles@telford.gov.uk