A good exercise physiologist knows that once your body gets comfortable with a fitness routine, it’s time to change things up. Building strength and endurance, avoiding injury is most successful when progressively challenging the body to adapt to new movements and higher intensity.
In the spirit of change, Trinity Health’s Cancer Exercise Rehab classes have relocated to Trinity Health West. Participation in the program is by physician referral, and classes are customized by Trinity staff to accommodate one’s abilities and goals. Currently, classes are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays and include cardiovascular fitness, strength training, stability/balance and stretching to help reduce the severity of therapy-induced side effects, elevate mood and enhance sleep.
Delay the Disease, a community class for patients with Parkinson’s, will resume after the new year, when equipment has been delivered for the new Parkinson’s Boxing Classes. These classes will include a full-body workout regimen where participants perform non-combat boxing exercises. A typical class will involve punching practice pads to help improve coordination, vocal exercises to overcome voice disorder, footwork and agility exercises to help improve balance and cognition. Both Cancer Exercise and Delay the Disease classes are underwritten by the Trinity Health Foundation and free of charge.
“Relocating to our own facility allows us the opportunity to take a fresh look at class formats, rethink and redesign programs to incorporate new ideas that benefit our patients, yet continue to challenge participants to improve mobility, balance, strength and function,” said Wade McDowell, director of Therapy Services. “Our goal is to help maintain quality of life.”
Austin Halladay, Community Wellness coach, and a new addition to Trinity’s exercise physiology team, will oversee Cancer Exercise programming, community programming, corporate wellness and community assessment, coaching and performance.
For more information call 701-857-5286.