Move More classes support exercise and well-being

A new service is being launched in Forfar to help support people living with cancer.

By
Mark Dowie
Thursday, 24th February 2022, 3:00pm
Move More classes support exercise and well-being

ANGUSalive will introduce the free Gentle Movement class at Forfar Community Campus as part of its Angus-wide Move More programme.

Beginning on Friday, March 4, at 2pm, the weekly class gets participants moving but also provides an opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation. The programme caters for all abilities, and anyone living with cancer or other long term health condition is welcome to attend following referral.

Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, Move More offers a range of physical activity opportunities including circuit-based sessions, gentle movement and walking. Online sessions, face-to-face classes, and home programmes are available with the programme.

The programme was launched in November 19 and has been steadily developing but, like every service, the pandemic had a significant detrimental impact.

Laura Mowbray, who first started attending Move More sessions in August 2019, said the classes have proved to be extremely beneficial.

She continued: “In September 2021 I joined a Live Well circuits class. I think the last time I participated in a fitness class like this must be over 30 years ago! Although I had been swimming regularly, I also started swimming lessons so I could achieve my aim of learning front crawl.

“I don’t think I would have had the confidence to set myself these challenges if I hadn’t taken that first step and received the ongoing support from the team who care about you and your progress and are always ready to support, encourage and challenge too.”

Taking part in physical activity both before, during and after cancer treatment can play a huge part in enabling people to take back control.

It can help prevent and manage some of the effects of treatment, such as fatigue, depression and risks to heart health.

Forfar councillor Lynne Devine, ANGUSalive board member, added: “The benefits of gentle exercise are well known, and I’d urge anyone with cancer to try this out at the campus.”

Further information is available by calling calling 01307 492059 or emailing movemore@angusalive.scot.

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