Improving the odds – can exercise increase my life span?

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We freely admit this headline was designed to grab your attention. After all, wouldn’t it be great if we could prescribe you a ‘pill’ that could help reduce your risk of death, without the side effects of other treatments; that in fact gave you positive side effects (such as improved fitness, enhanced energy and reduced pain)? Well, yes. But can …

Cancer and weight management – A heavy issue

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If you’ve been in to see one of our MAC Exercise Physiologists, you’ll know that one of the key things we focus on during your initial consultation is an assessment of your body composition – even if your goal isn’t necessarily to gain or lose weight. Why is it so? We’ve already covered why muscles are important in managing symptoms …

Roadblocks to speed humps: breaking through barriers to exercise

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Beginning a new physical activity regime can be an incredibly daunting thing. Not knowing where to start, which types of exercise to do or how to perform them, facing the intimidation of a gym, weather, lack of time, a dislike of exercise and just a general absence of motivation are common things that stand in the way of people moving …

Resistance exercise: How to incorporate strength exercises into your routine

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Last month we talked about the benefits of resistance (or strength training) exercise during and after treatment. Hopefully if you are already undertaking this type of exercise, it has underlined the importance of persisting with it, and if you’re not already doing it, we’ve motivated you to get started! … So where is that exactly? Where should I go? First …

The importance of muscles – They’re not just for good looks!

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Did you know that in the average healthy human body, skeletal muscle makes up about 40% of your body mass? This number tends to decline with age however, with a typical drop in muscle mass of about 30% between the ages of 20 and 80 years. Unfortunately this effect is much more pronounced in people who are inactive or unwell …

Peripheral Neuropathy – Can exercise help?

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Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of several chemo agents (we’re looking at you, Oxaliplatin, Taxanes and Vinca Alkaloids) which can resolve after several months or linger permanently. It is characterised by pain and/or altered sensations (tingling, numbness or pins and needles), most often in the extremities (hands and feet) but sometimes in areas closer to the …