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Cancer Rehabilitation with Exercise

Studies have shown that physical activity levels reduce significantly after cancer diagnosis and remain low for many years after treatment is completed. From this low baseline there is great scope for exercise interventions to improve the health and well-being of patients with cancer.

During cancer treatment and rehabilitation, rest is best has been the traditional approach. However, it has been shown that low levels of physical activity in patients with cancer result in further de-conditioning and symptoms of fatigue, loss of functional capacity and reductions in quality of life. Inactive patients with cancer may also be at higher risk of secondary tumours and a recent study of breast cancer and colorectal cancer survivors has indicated a 50% risk reduction in mortality among those who are regularly active when compared to those who had a sedentary lifestyle

More and more evidence points to the fact that even moderate exercise can have very positive results for people with cancer. A systematic review of 33 controlled trials (25 randomised) concluded that exercise interventions during and after cancer treatment can lead to moderate increases in physical function with no evidence of increased symptoms of fatigue or other adverse effects. Several other recent reviews also concluded that exercise has a large potential to improve both physical and psycho-social aspects of quality of life in patients with cancer during and after treatment.

Studies have also found that exercise has strong psychosocial benefits for cancer patients. As Dr Vicki Conn a leading researcher in the US states in Journal of Clinical Oncology, June 2006. Exercise also has been shown to give patients the sense that cancer treatment isn't just about surgery, drugs and radiation. It gives them a sense that they can do something for themselves, and for some people that is tremendously important.

"Exercise is possibly the single most important component of health style change associated with good physical health, not only during cancer treatment, but as a way to reduce the risk of secondary cancers."
Dr David Alberts, Arizona Cancer Center, Oncology Times, October 2006

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is like having a personal trainer for your life. All aspects of it. Love and relationships, work and wealth, fun and health. The entire focus is on you. Wherever you need help in finding direction and being where and who you really want to be, a Life Coach will guide you to your right path and help achieve the things you've always wanted to and be the better person you've always wanted to be.

Examples: Lose weight, start your own business; improve relationships, be more assertive…

Take a look at the 10 questions below to see if you (or anyone you know) would benefit from this:

Answer Yes or No

  1. There is time in my life to invest in my own development  Y / N
  2. A gap exists between where I want to be and where I am right now  Y / N
  3. I can work on tasks that will help me develop and grow  Y / N
  4. I am willing to perform whatever is necessary to reach my goals and aims  Y / N
  5. I am willing to change any limiting behaviours  Y / N
  6. I am willing to attempt new ways of achieving my goals  Y / N
  7. I have the commitment I need to achieving my goals  Y / N
  8. I have the support I need to make significant changes to my life  Y / N
  9. I am mentally ready for a different approach to my life  Y / N
  10. I am physically prepared for encounters I may not have experienced before  Y / N

YES Answers
7-10 = Coaching will be effective, exciting and rewarding for you
5-7 = You will need to make some adjustments before you commence coaching
1-5 = You are not ready/interested in coaching

Nutrition & Weight Management

As someone that has struggled for many years with weight issues I know that a simple diet alone is not the answer. In fact it has been proved time and time again that a diet alone will not give lasting weight loss. Approximately 95% of diets fail to produce permanent weight loss.

No matter what the diet is, it can work while you are in 'the zone' but then you get bored, tired, depressed and before you know it, give up on the diet and put all the weight back on and more!

With the help I can give, we will work together to find out what factors influence your eating habits and the psychology to help you lose weight effectively and for long term success.

Contact: Maria Coulter
Tel: 07956 156718
Email: maria.pilates@btinternet.com

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