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Cutting Cancer Cases – Ready Steady Go!

More than two thousand years ago Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, noted that if we all had “the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health”. In general, all too few of us are following Hippocrates’ advice today.

In cancer terms, we know that 4 in 10 cancer cases in the UK could be prevented largely by changes to lifestyle. In this blog post I’ll be looking at one of these changes: being physically active. Continue reading “Cutting Cancer Cases – Ready Steady Go!”

Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Art of the Silent Clench

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

Will these rains never cease? Really though. I can walk in rain but gales are a whole new ball game. A childhood lived in a hurricane zone has left me a bit fearful of wind if I’m honest, and being blown about leaves me a quite panicked. Add to that a month of end to end meetings and deadlines…and I was facing some enforced inactivity.

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Laughing in the Rain

We love when someone offers to write a guest blog and we were particularly pleased when Ms Susan J. Moug, Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley shared their experiences of running a walking group for survivors of colorectal cancer. Sounds like they had great fun along the way!

 

Last year the colorectal team at Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) Paisley started a 6-week walking programme for colorectal cancer survivors. Armed with the knowledge that increasing physical activity is beneficial for cancer survivors and with the success of programmes like www.walkwithadoc.org we decided to put our best feet forward.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Plantar Fasciitis

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

Before you close your browser and run screaming to your Ebola bunker it’s not the flesh eating one. The flesh eating one is necrotising. The foot one is just plain agonising. I had suffered from this one before after the birth of my second child and it went away after a few weeks with the judicious application of Birkenstocks. An inflammatory skin condition means I can’t take painkillers which is both a blessing and a curse so when it returned (with an inflaming vengeance!)  I was pretty downhearted.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Beware of Muscly People Bearing Gadgets

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

The best and easiest reason for not being active is scheduling. I am too busy, I have too many commitments, everything is more important and on and on. There are many well written, well thought out articles and advice about how to get moving, how to fit things in and how to change your mind-set. I have found some of it helpful and some of it interesting but by and large I have found most of it to be self-serving, lacking in understanding and compassion and worst of all completely off putting.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: Scotland’s Endless Night

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

It was going so well. Striding through Pollok Country Park with my beloved dogs, delighting in the trees and the seasons and all the happy things that naturally outdoor people talk about. Then winter came and took some of the joy out of it if I’m honest. Driving rain is fine if you’ve nothing else to do that day and are heading home to dry off. This is the case with most ‘bad’ weather in fact. It is hard to walk through a gale for an hour and then do anything else that requires you look professional or in any way dignified. Compounding this is the shortness of the Scottish winter day.

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Just Go Left and Climb the Stairs!

If on an escalator, especially on visits to London for meetings, I always go left and vigorously climb the escalator. I do have favourites, such as the Holborn underground escalator which is the longest in London. If I feel really fit I’ll take two stairs at a time, it’s a race for me!

You can get quite a workout on these long escalators, especially if carrying a backpack or briefcase. Impressive metrics can be seen on your fitness tracker or smartphone.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Reading Conundrum

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

It was going so well. Striding through Pollok Country Park with my beloved dogs, delighting in the trees and the seasons and all the happy things that naturally outdoor people talk about. Then winter came and took some of the joy out of it. Driving rain is fine but when it’s being driven into your eyes by a force ten gale it is genuinely quite hard to remember why this is important.

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Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian: The Game Changer

Another installment of Kate Cunningham’s Confessions of a Converted Pedestrian….

My name is Kate Cunningham and I hate weather. I am a sun baby. Dark of look and descended from international swarthy types I like heat, sun and an absence of inclemency. Also, I have an incredibly expensive ‘urban parka’ purchased for pushing prams but returned to the cupboard in shame upon realising its not remotely waterproof. Bear Grylls would weep. These things were thrown into sharp focus when my daughter wore us down and we agreed to rehome 2 miniature poodles.

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