Life Now at Dot's Place Bunbury!

Posted 6 Nov 2017.

Exercise has proven to reduce treatment-related side effects and increase the well-being of people with cancer.

Our free Life Now program offers introductory classes for Tai Chi, yoga and exercise at a variety of locations across the Perth metro area - extending out to regional Bunbury at our Dot's Place Cancer Support Centre.

The program is open to people who have been diagnosed with cancer within the last two years, their carers and family.

Life Now aims to introduce exercise in a safe and supportive environment and to empower people to manage their own physical activity.

Bunbury resident, Helen Moffat, attributes her improved strength and mobility to the program.

"I am so amazed at what I have achieved in mobility and strength and how it took away the pain I had in my joints. I am determined to keep it going to improve my chances of not letting cancer come back into my body forever," she said.

Each Life Now term runs for 12 weeks consisting of 2 one hour sessions each week. Classes are facilitated by accredited exercise physiologists from Maximum Results in Bunbury.

"With such a wealth of studies now linking better outcomes with exercise for our people with cancer, we in Bunbury are so proud to help deliver the quality Life Now program with Maximum Results Bunbury," said our Bunbury South West Cancer Support Coordinator, Hayley Tuck.

Regular exercise as part of cancer treatment and recovery can help to:

Reduce fatigue Manage nausea
Manage pain Prevent weight gain
Improve sleeping patterns    Maintain muscle mass
Improve strength Preserve metabolism
Improve physical funtion Improve fitness                       
Improve quality of life           Reduce bone mineral density loss

Corporate and community donations

Left: Bunbury CSC, Hayley Tuck, and Orbit Fitness Store Manager, Keith. Right: Exercise Physiologist, Chris Andrews and Bunbury CSC, Hayley Tuck.

"Our Life Now program wouldn't be possible without donations from the local community which enable us to provide the program at minimal to no cost," said Hayley.

It's also thanks to the support from corporate partners within the Bunbury community that Life Now at Dot's place has been able to undergo a much-needed refresh.

Recent equipment donations have been received by corporate partner, Orbit Fitness Bunbury - who replaced a broken exercise bike, and Primewest Bunbury Centrepoint - who donated a variety of exercise gear including; two bench press machines, a bicep curl machine, set of scales and wooden flooring to vamp up the room.

"The equipment from Primewest Shopping Centre and Orbit Fitness has replaced some tired resources which will allow us to continue with this great, evidence based program.

"It has given locals the opportunity to get fitter, rehabilitate, grow stronger during treatment cycles and meet new people within the community," Hayley said. 

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