The Weekly Bite – July 17 2017 – Issue 2234

Hi All,

On Sunday July 23, I plan to take another Give it a Go class upstairs in the Group Class area.
What time? 4pm.
Who for? Anyone who wants to learn something new, and to develop different skills to stimulate both the brain and the body. We are so used to doing the same old thing with our body every day, this even applies to our exercise and our sport or recreation activities, that we go into automatic pilot. I want to help you do something different and I want to make it fun. I promise that I will keep it simple yet you will leave the class knowing that you have stimulated additional brain cells and quite possibly used the body a little differently.

Singing is an activity that generates happy hormones. Did you know that moving to music can do the same thing? You may feel you have two left feet and that actually moving to music is totally out of the question. I know that this can be the case however it is far fewer in number than you would think. Do come along and join me in this journey to add some fun to your physical activity.

Have you put your name down yet for the Wellbeing Day which will be held at Green Apple on Thursday July 27? I plan to participate and donate my time to provide 10 minute mini-massage sessions for a Gold Coin donation. When I do this at the Senior Expos that we go to eg. Dickson Senior Expo in Strathpine annually, I am usually kept so busy from 9am till 2pm that I have no time to stop for a cuppa or a bathroom break. I always work on tight shoulder, neck muscles using remedial massage techniques and gentle myofascial release techniques. I still have people coming up to me years later saying that the 10 minutes I spent on their neck has given them so much better range of movement and that it has actually stayed like that.

 I really enjoy neck work because you have to know what you are doing. I have had a spinal fusion (discectomy) in my neck and I know exactly what you can and can’t do to free it up. You need to have absolute trust in someone before you let them touch your neck and I understand this, at first hand! So we will put a sign up on the noticeboard to enable you to put your name on the list if you would like to see me on the day.

A report released this month by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has indicated that cancer has the biggest impact on our health, and is costing us, as a nation, more years of life than any other disease group. Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is urgently encouraging all Australians to recognise the benefits of exercise as not only a way to reduce cancer risk, but also a medicine that has potential to support better health outcomes during and after cancer treatment.  

Louise Czosnek, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, explains that there is now strong evidence that exercise is effective in cancer management and can reduce the relative risk of some types of cancer re-occurrence, cancer-related mortality and the side effects associated with cancer treatment.  

“Structured exercise that is tailored to the individual should be included as a core component of cancer management. Further, we have a growing population of cancer survivors that have unique healthcare needs, of which exercise is an effective therapy that supports cancer survivorship.” 

The benefits of an appropriately prescribed exercise program for those living with cancer include; improved muscle mass, strength, and power, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical function, chemotherapy completion rates and reduced anxiety and depression.

(ESSA, Newsroom, Media release, Cancer Labelled Biggest Impact on Australians Health)

If you or anyone you know suffers from or has suffered from cancer, we encourage you to come along to our YouCan — Exercise for Cancer Q&A session on  Wednesday, July 19 at 10am with Exercise Physiologist Bridie.

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