“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” — Plato (427 – 347 BC)
It is now known that people who exercise help themselves greatly to speed their recovery after a cancer diagnosis, decrease the severity of negative side effects of treatment and enhance their survival. When working out with a friend or in small group, the social stimulus often helps not only strengthen the body, but mind and spirit as well!
Residents of SLO County are fortunate to have many different types of exercise classes which are held weekly at various locations throughout the County, designed especially for cancer survivors. Most all of them are free of charge, including The Cancer Well-Fit Program, held at the Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa and in North County at Paso Robles Sports Club. The Well-Fit Program is led by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge of post rehabilitative exercise and cancer specific issues. They lead participants in various gentle exercise, including aquatic therapy, in small groups and one-on-one. Their classes run for 10 weeks and include three days (M, W, F) of supervised exercise and yoga. Pre-registration and physician release are required to participate. The Hearst Cancer Resource Center in French Hospital Medical Center provide gentle movement classes including Tai Chi Chih and Qigong (slow movement for relaxation) and yoga held at the Vet’s Hall in San Luis Obispo. The Cancer Support Community in Paso Robles offers onsite balance, strength and stretch classes.
Cancer Well-Fit – (805) 595-7600 x122 (Avila)
or (805) 239-7397 (Paso Robles) www.cancerwell-fit.com
Hearst Cancer Resource Center – (805) 542-6234 www.frenchmedicalcenter.com
The Cancer Support Community – (805) 2384411 www.twcccc.org.