GOLD Coasters affected by cancer are being encouraged to get moving and join a fitness support group as a way to improve overall wellbeing.
The free c-vivor fitness and movement class, held every Monday at 9.30am, combines the known benefits of physical activity with the added benefits of peer support in a social and supportive environment.
Leader of the fitness and movement class Helen Mitchell said she is passionate about helping cancer survivors find a new lease on life through exercise.
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“As a personal fitness instructor by trade, I know that fitness is very important as it works on both the mind and the body,” Ms Mitchell said.
“Getting out and getting active helps you to feel alive and allows you to focus on positive things,” she added.
Cancer Council Queensland Gold Coast Cancer Support Coordinator Jenni Dyason said c-vivor classes continue to make a tangible difference to those affected by cancer.
“Interacting with others who have also been through a cancer experience is a unique and beneficial form of support and there are also the physical benefits of regular exercise,” Ms Dyason said.
“Knowing the difference that these sorts of groups make to those people who are going through diagnosis, treatment and recovery is our motivation behind bringing the program to our local community,” she added.
The class meets at the Cancer Council Queensland’s Gold Coast Office, 1 Short St Southport and goes through a 45 minute circuit-style routine.
You can also get involved with the c-vivor walking and reading classes in Southport at 9am every Thursday.
For more information about c-vivor, please visit www.c-vivor.org.au.