17 May 2016
Tottenham Hotspur is providing weekly exercise classes for recovering cancer patients at Chase Farm Hospital to help improve their health.
The classes are an extension of the Macmillan after cancer exercise (ACE) scheme, a 12-week exercise programme, delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Evidence suggests that physical activity after treatment for cancer can reduce the impact of a number of side effects and in some cases help prevent the cancer reoccurring.
The weekly exercise classes at Chase Farm Hospital have been specially developed by the Health and Wellbeing team at Tottenham Hotspur and Macmillan to assist patients with their rehabilitation.
Walter Browne, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach, said: “The work we do is gentle and geared towards people of all abilities, it’s very inclusive. However, you do work up a sweat and people will notice an improvement in just a few sessions. It’s really helpful for women who have had lymphedema and have pain or stiffness under their arms. These exercises can help improve their movement. We have a lot of fun in the sessions. They are sociable, relaxed and we have a good laugh!”
Lyn Louch, 69, who attends the classes, said: “I really enjoy the classes; it gets you in among other people.”
Lyn, who has been treated for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, added that after her recent surgery the classes have helped her recovery.
“After the surgery you do feel a bit stiff,” she said. “This gets your body moving again. The exercises build up your strength and it helps you return to the day to day activities.”
Laura Hennessey, Macmillan Information Specialist at Chase Farm Hospital, said: “It’s been really successful - our class is now full and we hope to open the second class soon. We are also hoping to start a walking group for the patients led by Tottenham Hotspur. Exercise is a great way to help patients recover from cancer - it improves their physical and mental wellbeing.”
Image: Walter Browne giving a fitness class
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