We've all heard that exercise is good for you and an essential part of a balanced lifestyle. When you're diagnosed with cancer, exercise can often be the last thing on your mind. Something we add to the end of a vvvv long to do list.

But the reality is during and after treatment, no matter where you were physically before your diagnosis, exercise can be a really good thing. It can help everything from reducing cancer related fatigue and side effects to improving sleep and quality of life, reducing recurrence in some cancers, improving flexibility and cardio-respiratory fitness. Yeah. It's that helpful. Sorry to bring the truth bombs.

In short, exercise advice should be included at every stage of a cancer diagnosis. Yet we know many of your cancer teams don’t bring it up. In some cases, they don't realise that it's a) safe and b) massively beneficial. 

So we're Lifting the Lid on everything you could possibly want to know about Exercise and Cancer this #NationalFitnessDay. Even if you think you'd rather stay on the sofa. Big thanks to our partner Simplyhealth for sponsoring this series of events. 

Our incredible panel of experts are here to answer your questions on exercising and cancer. From the simple benefits it can give you, how you can do it safely to navigating what is right for you. They're empowering, wise and authentic. And best of all? They get it. 

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What to expect from the evening:

6pm - Mini RENEW taster session 

7pm - Hear from our ace panellists as the talk begins

8pm - Panel talk to continue followed by Q&A with audience

9pm - Event to close

Join us on Wed 21st Sept via Live Stream


Meet Your Host:

Luke was diagnosed with Stage 4 osteosarcoma in 2018 at the age of 24. Since 2020, Luke has been all over the globe, cycling the 30,000km distance from Bristol to Beijing and fundraising for Trekstock and other cancer charities. He found exercise to be really helpful, not only for his physical health, but also mentally. Through chemo he would exercise outside when possible or on a static bike when not. He's a real advocate for getting outside and doing whatever bits of exercise you can, however small. 

"I've spent the last 2.5 years cycling my tandem bike from Bristol to Beijing to raise money for cancer charities, including Trekstock. Getting and staying active through a cancer diagnosis is so so important - and it's the reason why I'm here today. I cycled from Bristol to Beijing to live my own dream and to show what's possible with cancer. It's my belief that you can live a rich and fulfilling life, even with cancer."

Meet Your Panellists:

Dr Philippa Kaye is a GP, author, journalist, and mother. She wrote the no-nonsense and candid books, The M Word, a complete one-stop guide to perimenopause and menopause and Doctors get Cancer Too about her own experience of being diagnosed with bowel cancer at 39.

Tom Cowan is an Exercise Physiologist, specialising in exercise prescription for cancer rehabilitation, cardiac prevention and rehabilitation. He works with individuals at all stages of treatment through his remote and online programmes and holds regular clinics at the world-leading Harley Street clinic, The Centre for Health and Human Performance (CHHP). His work has seen him become recognised as an expert by Public Health England and the Faculty for Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, who selected him to become a member of their Cancer and Exercise expert panel. Tom also frequently presents on Exercise Oncology, with a recent talk given to The British Dietetic Association (BDA) and he has contributed for several well-known health and fitness magazines as well as making podcast, radio and television appearances. Tom is a registered Clinical Physiologist with The Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP). He is accredited by both the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) and the Register of Exercise Professionals and has a First Class Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University.

"I am supporting Trekstock with the 'Lifting the Lid on Getting Moving with Cancer' event to help to raise awareness of the benefits that exercise and being physically active can have for individuals diagnosed with cancer. Exercise has been associated with a reduced risk of mortality and cancer recurrence and it can play an important role in managing treatment side-effects."

Sean was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma six years ago at 28. He had just taken the plunge into being self-employed as a personal trainer and was at the height of fitness, training everyday, sometimes twice. To say that his diagnosis came as a shock would be an understatement! At first, he didn't know what to do for support but a friend recommended Trekstock to him and he decided to give it a try.

"When I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2016 the advice was to rest and preserve energy. Now, the research shows that exercise can have many positive effects for those living with and beyond cancer. Exercise can reduce cancer related fatigue, decrease risk of occurrence and improve appetite and that's not to mention the positive effects on mental health. I plan on dedicating my time to spreading the word about the positives of exercise and appreciate that Trekstock also have this goal."

Tim is a Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Instructor and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. He's continuously researching new fitness ideas and looking at new areas of expertise within the fitness, health and wellbeing industry to pass on his knowledge to help his clients along their journey. He's driven by a passion for helping people achieve their goals and beyond, using one to one and group training sessions and nutrition advice to help them live a healthier life and be the best version of themselves that they can be. 

Liz was diagnosed with oestrogen positive, Stage 2 breast cancer in 2017 at 28 and relapsed in 2021. For her, it felt like she was having to start all over again with her healing journey and she didn’t have the energy or motivation to do it. She’d gone from being someone with loads of energy who enjoyed running regularly and participating in high intensity cardio classes to having no energy and no motivation to exercise or even leave the house.

"A cancer diagnosis changes people’s lives, it is a physical and mental upheaval that leaves people feeling depressed and disconnected from their bodies. But exercise programmes like RENEW empower people to reconnect with their bodies and minds. Trekstock gave me a sense of community. RENEW gave me hope for my future."

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