Supporting evidence from recognised cancer organisations
The essence of the retreats centres on improving your holistic wellbeing by focusing on 3 key areas:
• Participating regularly in gentle exercise care;
• Following a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet;
• Improving your relaxation through yoga and meditation techniques.
Exercise and physical activity
• Regular physical activity helps reduce the side effects of cancer treatment. More recently, it has been shown that participating in regular exercise after your treatments can help to reduce your risk of breast cancer recurring.
• But regular physical activity is good for your overall health too. It has also been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and osteoporosis.
• It can also help relieve depression and improve self-esteem.
• For breast cancer, because of the most common areas on which operations have been performed, shoulder and upper chest exercises have been specifically recommended.
Support of participating in exercise and physical activity from Macmillan Cancer Support
Support of participating in exercise and physical activity from Cancer Research UK
Healthy, nutritious and balanced diet
• Weight gain and being overweight affects your risk of breast cancer. The effect may be different depending on your age and the age you were when you gained the weight. Combining increased physical activity with a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet can help with weight management.
• Being overweight after the menopause increases your risk of breast cancer. But even if you haven’t been through the menopause, being overweight or gaining weight are connected with other health problems including; heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
• Heavily processed foods are associated with high salt and sugar levels, and some with high saturated fat levels too. At the retreat we cook with a variety of ingredients and share recipes with you. We demonstrate to you how you can still eat a balanced and healthy diet, rich in nutrients, proteins, fibre, fruit and vegetables, without resorting to heavily processed foods.
Support of following a healthy and balanced diet from Macmillan Cancer Support
Support of following a healthy and balanced diet from Cancer Research UK
Yoga and relaxation
• Yoga is another form of physical activity which can help your overall wellbeing and health.
• As a complementary therapy yoga can help you relax and cope with stress.
• It can also help you deal with anxiety and depression.
• Some studies have also demonstrated that yoga can help improve sleep patterns.
There is currently no scientific evidence to prove that yoga can cure or prevent any form of cancer. However studies have shown that it can improve mood and give some positive psychological benefits for those who participate in it.
Support of yoga providing some stress relief, mood improvement and other positive psychological benefits from Cancer Research UK
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