Why is exercise important?
Research shows the importance of exercise and increased physical activity for improving cancer survival rates and reducing risk of recurrence.
There are many benefits to participating in exercise or physical activity with cancer diagnosis:
- Improves cancer-related fatigue
- Improves sleep quality
- Helps depression and anxiety
- Keeps the mind stimulated
- Improve muscle strength and tone
- Reduces hormonal dysfunction
- Helps joint pain
- Improves fitness
- Reduces post-op complications
- Lose weight
- Helps sexual function
- Helps Lymphoedema
Marjon 4 Week Exercise Programme
*During Covid-19 restrictions Marjon are offering free, remote consultations*
Marjon Remote Service FAQ [link to document download]
Working in partnership with Marjon Health and Wellbeing, our online group clinic offers the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of exercise including exercising safely, how to get active in and around your home, and the benefits that exercise can bring. In addition, other topics may be covered to promote a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, stress management or sleep techniques.
The online consultations give you the opportunity to discuss with a Health and Wellbeing practitioner, as well as other people in a similar position to yourself, any aspects of activity and wellbeing to help you become more active and promote positive changes to your health and quality of life.
The online sessions will consist of a 1-to-1 consultation with your Health and Wellbeing practitioner, so you can get to know each other and discuss your goals for the upcoming sessions, followed by 4 sessions over 4 week on an online platform. An online session will be 1 hour in duration and will cover an element of exercise, which will be adapted to you and your needs, accompanied with some lifestyle support. There will be several opportunities in all sessions for questions and discussion, and the content can be altered or modified based on your ability and what you would like to achieve, learn or discuss. Support will also be available through email.
GP Referral Schemes
Exercise Referral Schemes are specially designed for healthcare professionals to recommend their patients to an exercise programme in order to support their health and wellbeing and quality of life. The services are provided by a number of leisure centres in Devon and operate through qualified instructors who design and work through a personalised programme of exercise with the patient. A programme will normally include an initial one-to-one consultation, followed by a 12 - 16 week programme. The services are paid for by the patient, although many leisure providers offer the services as part of a membership scheme or offer concessionary rates.
Cornwall offers access to different exercise opportunities that you would be able to access by speaking to your GP. They do have some restrictions, so please visit the website for all the information and the different activities you would be able to access: https://www.healthycornwall.org.uk/organisations/healthy-workplace/what-we-offer/physical-activity/